DENVER - After saying he needed more production from his top players, Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo made good on his promise to shake up the lines for Sunday's 7 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche (NBCSN, KMOX).
Among some of the changes: Expect Paul Stastny to center a line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko tonight, while Alexander Steen moves to a line with Patrik Berglund and David Perron. Nail Yakupov will draw into the lineup and Jordan Schmaltz will make his NHL debut on the blue line.
Yeo is hopeful the changes will give the club the jolt it needs to snap a losing streak.
"Every one of these games, we're talking a one-goal difference in every game," Yeo said. "There's quite easily some different results if we start producing a little bit more."
With the Los Angeles Kings idle tonight, the Blues can jump back into a Wild Card spot with a win.
Here is the complete projected lineup:
Jaden Schwartz - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Magnus Paajarvi - Jori Lehtera - Nail Yakupov
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Jordan Schmaltz
Video: Perron, Berglund ready for leadership role