ST. LOUIS - Expect Chris Thorburn to return to the lineup Saturday when the Blues host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6 p.m. at Scottrade Center (FSMW, FSGO, KMOX).
Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said Thorburn's calling card is a physical game, and that's what they need tonight.
"It was not an easy decision to take him out. The last game he played was his best for us," Yeo said. "… Looking back, I think we should have played him last game (against Philadephia) to be honest with you. You have an Eastern Conference team, he could have dragged us into the fight a little more last game."
Thorburn's last appearance was Oct. 25 vs. Calgary. He hasn't played in the last four games.
"The play of our third and fourth line hasn't allowed him to get in the last couple games," Yeo said. "But there was an opening here and we wanted to get him back in."
The Blues held an optional morning skate on Saturday, but here is the rest of the projected lineup based on Friday's team practice at Scottrade Center:
Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin - Oskar Sundqvist - Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo