ST. LOUIS -- Forward Derek Roy will be back in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues when they play the Minnesota Wild at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
Roy, who missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury, will center a line with Brenden Morrow on the left and Steve Ott on the right.
The Blues (49-16-7) enter play Thursday one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
"The line that we're playing together [Thursday] with Roy on it has played three times together before [Thursday], and all three games they've played really well together," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It's three veteran guys that know how to read off each other. Obviously Ott takes a lot of the faceoffs and ends up down low in our zone.
"I want to see [the line] play consistently well before we evaluate whether we're going to stay with it or not. I'm not 100-percent sure yet. They've shown flashes where they play really well together and then for whatever reason, mostly through injuries or whatever, it's mostly gotten broken up or we've needed help somewhere else."
The Wild (37-25-11), who lost 5-2 at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, have won three times in the past 11 games (3-4-4) as they continue to hang onto one of two Western Conference wild-card spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It was a limited optional skate Thursday for Minnesota. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is slated to start against the Blues after he allowed three goals on 12 shots Wednesday. He was first off the ice following the morning skate. Kuemper is 1-4-2 in his past seven games after winning five straight starts.
The projected lineups for the Wild and the Blues:
Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Matt Moulson - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Cody McCormick
Dany Heatley - Erik Haula - Nino Niederreiter
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Nate Prosser
Marco Scandella - Jonathon Blum
Scratched: Mike Rupp, Justin Fontaine, Stephane Veilleux
Injured: Jason Zucker (quad), Keith Ballard (groin), Clayton Stoner (knee), Josh Harding (illness), Niklas Backstrom (abdomen)
Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Sobotka - Jaden Schwartz
Brenden Morrow - Derek Roy - Steve Ott
Magnus Paajarvi - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Roman Polak
Carlo Colaiacovo - Kevin Shattenkirk
Scratched: Chris Porter, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jordan Leopold, Ian Cole
Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (thumb)