ST. LOUIS - It appears that after a shortened offseason (just over three months to be exact), not much has really changed.
The St. Louis Blues, who will raise their first Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters on Wednesday night, will keep most of their lineup the same as it was for Game 7 in Boston of the Stanley Cup Final.
According to the lines used during Wednesday's morning skate, the top line of Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will return, as does the extremely effective fourth line of Ivan Barbashev, Oskar Sundqvist and Alexander Steen. The only two changes in the forward group seem to be Sammy Blais taking Zach Sanford's spot on the second line with Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron, while Robby Fabbri now occupies the third line spot previously held by Pat Maroon.
Defensively, newcomer Justin Faulk will join Alex Pietrangelo on the top pairing, while the shutdown combo of Jay Bouwmeester and Colton Paryako remains together. Vince Dunn and Robert Bortuzzo make up the final pairing.
Jordan Binnington is expected to start in goal.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Enterprise Center, with live coverage available on NBC Sports Network, the NBC Sports App, 101 ESPN and the NHL App.
Schwartz - Schenn - Tarasenko
Blais - O'Reilly - Perron
Fabbri - Bozak - Thomas
Barbashev - Sundqvist - Steen
Pietrangelo - Faulk
Bouwmeester - Parayko
Dunn - Bortuzzo