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Projected Lineup: March 19 vs. Edmonton

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko's return to the lineup means he will join Brayden Schenn and Ryan O'Reilly on the top line Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m., FSMW, KMOX).

That line will be reunited for the first time since March 7 in Los Angeles.

Since being put together on Jan. 23 in Anaheim, the Schenn-O'Reilly-Tarasenko line has posted 21 goals and 35 assists (56 points) in 13 games.

"It's very exciting. We've had some good success together, we know when we play the right way how effective we can be," O'Reilly said. "To get healthy, to get Vladi back, that gives us a big spark. We're one of the lines that when we're doing things the right way, we're leading the charge and hope other lines follow. That's big for our team. We want to go out there and play a hard, heavy game and dictate."

"They were a dynamic line, I'll tell you that, putting up a lot of good numbers and just all-around play was excellent," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of his top line. "It's great for us that they're back together here playing, and hopefully they can continue where they left off."

With Tarasenko back on the top line, David Perron is expected to shift to a line with Jaden Schwartz and Oskar Sundqvist. The line of Pat Maroon, Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas has played well and is expected to remain together Tuesday.

"They've given us good games throughout the season, we've moved them around a little bit and stuff," Berube said of Maroon-Bozak-Thomas. "Every time we put them together, they seem to produce. They've got good chemistry together and I thought they played well in (Pittsburgh) and Buffalo, both games."

Berube said Carl Gunnarsson (upper-body) and Joel Edmundson (upper-body) were making progress. Gunnarsson and Edmundson, along with Sammy Blais (undisclosed injury) all skated Tuesday.



Schenn - O'Reilly - Tarasenko
Schwartz - Sundqvist - Perron
Maroon - Bozak - Thomas
Steen - Barbashev - Sanford


Dunn - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Del Zotto - Bortuzzo



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