ST. PAUL, MN - The St. Louis Blues will make just two lineup changes tonight as they face a difficult test from the Western-Conference leading Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center (FSMW, KMOX).
Dmitrj Jaskin will take Nail Yakupov's spot on the third line, while Robert Bortuzzo is expected to return to the lineup in place of rookie Jordan Schmaltz, who made his NHL debut on Sunday. The Blues are looking for more size and physicality to deal with Minnesota's potent offense.
"'Jask' deserved to get back in. He played two good games and had a bit of ankle injury and just found himself on the outside," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "Looking at the game tonight, especially if you look at (Minnesota's) centers - they're big, heavy, strong and tough to play in the offensive zone against - he's a guy that should be able to win battles, be physical and we have to make sure we're making things tough on their goaltender. He's a big body that should get to the front of the net."
Here is the projected lineup for tonight's game:
Jaden Schwartz - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin - Jori Lehtera - Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo