MONTREAL - Sammy Blais will have two busloads of friends and family making the three-hour trip to Montreal from his hometown of Montmagny, Quebec on Saturday afternoon.
That group will arrive just in time to see Blais get a promotion to one of the Blues' power-play units when they meet the Canadiens at Bell Centre (6 p.m. CT, FSMW, 101 ESPN) in search of a fourth consecutive victory.
"It's important that we take the eyes away from (Canadiens goalie) Carey Price in net, so 'Blaiser' does a good job around the net," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of moving Blais to the power play. "He's a big guy, he's got the ability to make a play down on the goal line, so hopefully it will be a good fit there tonight."
Blais opened the season on a three-game point streak - a career best - recording two goals and two assists. He also seems to have a found his place on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron, who rank first and second on the club in points, respectively.
"(Blais) is producing for us, he's a physical player every night," Berube added.
Carl Gunnarsson will return to the lineup against the Canadiens on Saturday, replacing Robert Bortuzzo. Based on the morning skate, Gunnarsson is expected to play alongside Alex Pietrangelo on the top pairing.
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Blais - O'Reilly - Perron
Sanford - Bozak - Fabbri
Barbashev - Sundqvist - Steen
Gunnarsson - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Dunn - Faulk