ST. LOUIS - Robert Thomas will return to the lineup and slot into the fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Oskar Sundqvist on Thursday night when the Blues host the Vancouver Canucks at Enterprise Center (7 p.m., FSMW, 101 ESPN).
Why the fourth line, coach?
"Is it a fourth line?" Blues Head Coach Craig Berube responded, smiling.
"Two reasons: I liked (Tyler) Bozak's line last game with (Alexander) Steen and (Robby) Fabbri, so I just made that switch and wanted to leave those guys (together)," Berube added. "I think (Thomas), Sunny and Barby could be a good line. You've got Sunny and Barby, who forecheck hard, are physical players but have the ability to put the puck in the net, too. Playing with a kid like Robert Thomas, he will get them the puck."
"Those guys have playing so well, all of last playoffs, last season and to start the year as well," said Thomas. "I'm really excited to get out there with Sunny and Barby. They play hard, they've got some skill, they make a lot of plays. It should be a lot of fun."
Thomas, who missed five games with an upper-body injury, will take Mackenzie MacEachern's spot in the lineup Thursday. Otherwise, the roster is expect to remain the same based on Thursday's morning skate.
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Blais - O'Reilly - Perron
Fabbri - Bozak - Steen
Barbashev - Sundqvist - Thomas
Gunnarsson - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Dunn - Faulk