ST. LOUIS - Vladimir Tarasenko will move to a line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn for tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Calgary Flames (FSMW, FSGO, KMOX).
Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo experimented with the move on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and liked it enough to start the game with that combination tonight.
"We definitely don't have any plans beyond tonight," Yeo said of the combination. "Vladi, Schwartzy and Schenner set up that (Alex Pietrangelo) goal (in Vegas). They got us a goal late in the game, so we'll make the switch... We like the make up of it. We'll see some more switches as we go along here but this gives us a chance coming home tonight to slot in that line with Schenner, Schwartzy and Vladi where we see fit."
The line will be a handful to maintain. Schwartz ranks third in the League in points with 13, trailing only Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Schenn has shown outstanding chemistry in the early going with Schwartz, and Tarasenko is... well... Tarasenko.
The change up top means Vladimir Sobotka will join a line with Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen. Yeo said he expects that line to provide offense, but also expects it to be difficult to play against.
Two players will also make their Blues debuts tonight. Nate Prosser will play on defense instead of Carl Gunnarsson, who became a father this morning. Beau Bennett, who was called up from the Chicago Wolves on Tuesday, will debut alongside Magnus Paajarvi and Oskar Sundqvist.
The Blues held an optional skate Wednesday, but here is the projected lineup based on Yeo's changes and Tuesday's practice.
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Alexander Steen
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Beau Bennett
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Nate Prosser - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo