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McDavid expected in lineup for Edmonton; Bouwmeester to make season debut for St. Louis

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

OILERS (7-11-2) at BLUES (15-5-1)



The Game

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will make his season debut for the St. Louis Blues against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

Bouwmeester missed the first 21 games with a fractured left ankle. He will play alongside Colton Parayko with the Blues going for their third straight win.

The Oilers, who have lost four of five (1-3-1) and playing the second of a five-game trip, will have center Connor McDavid in the lineup after he missed practice Monday with the flu.

Players to watch

McDavid, who coach Todd McLellan said has had the flu for the past week to 10 days, has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past three games but was shut out when the Blues defeated the Oilers 4-1 in Edmonton on Nov. 16.

Center Brayden Schenn has an NHL career-high seven-game point streak (five goals, 10 assists). He is tied with forward Jaden Schwartz for the Blues lead with 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists).


They said it

"We've just got to get pucks in behind them. They're a high, potent offense. They're big, strong guys that defend well as well. They're a good team. There's a reason why they have that record." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid on the Blues

"Awesome. Obviously took a lot longer than expected. Frustrating on everybody's part, but a veteran guy, a calming influence. The list goes on and on about the effect that he'll have." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on Bouwmeester's return


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Drake Caggiula

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl

Michael Cammalleri -- Ryan Strome -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Jujhar Khaira -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Iiro Pakarinen, Brad Malone, Yohann Auvitu

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Anton Slepyshev (groin)


Blues projected lineup

Vladimir Sobotka -- Paul Stastny -- Alexander Steen

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Kyle Brodziak -- Chris Thorburn

Joel Edmundson -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Nate Prosser

Injured: Patrik Berglund (shoulder), Zach Sanford (shoulder)


Status report

Gunnarsson is a healthy scratch for the second time this season. The first was for the birth of his daughter. … Talbot will make his 19th start in 21 games.


Stat pack

Nugent-Hopkins has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. ... Schwartz is on a four-game point streak (goal, four assists). Tarasenko has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

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