BOSTON - Oskar Sundqvist is likely to start Saturday's game on the top line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn as the Blues attempt to fill an absence left by Vladimir Tarasenko, who sustained an upper-body injury Thursday vs. Los Angeles and did not join the team on its two-game road trip.
Sundqvist took shifts on the top line in Thursday's game after Tarasenko left in the first period and skated there Saturday during the team's morning skate.
"He could start there, we'll see how it goes," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after Saturday's practice. "(He is) just a good two-way player I think with that line. His style, he gets the puck and goes to the net hard and has the ability to score. He showed us last year he can put the puck in the net, so I rotated guys on that line throughout the (last) game, but he probably got the most looks."
"I played with them last year a little bit too, so I'm kind of familiar with how they want to play and what they want to do," Sundqvist said of possibly playing with Schwartz and Schenn. "I don't think it's going to be a problem. (I'm) not changing my game too much. Just try to create some space for Schenn and Schwartzy, that's about it. Keep playing my game."
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Sammy Blais, who missed Thursday's contest with an injury, could return to the lineup Saturday, and if he does, would likely join Ivan Barbashev and Mackenzie MacEachern on the fourth line. Berube called Blais a game-time decision.
If Blais can play, here is the projected lineup for Saturday's game against the Bruins:
Schwartz - Schenn - Sundqvist
Steen - O'Reilly - Perron
Sanford - Bozak - Thomas
Blais - Barbashev - MacEachern
Parayko - Pietrangelo
Bouwmeester - Faulk
Dunn - Bortuzzo