For the first time since Game 4 of the Minnesota series, defenseman Marco Scandella returned to St. Louis Blues lineup. The game on Wednesday is against Colorado and paired with Justin Faulk.
Scandella has been dealing with a lower body injury since the end of the regular season. After missing the first two games against Minnesota, he played 17 minutes and 18 seconds in Game 3. But he left in the first period of Game 4, after just three at-bats, after his injury worsened.
With only six defenders ready, Calle Rosen and Scott Perunovich are on hot streaks. Perunovich was fine on a power play, but made a costly defensive error while stealing that led to Colorado’s Monday goal.
For the first time since Game 3 of their first-round series with Minnesota, the Blues played 12 forwards, six defenders. The changes mean they have a full fourth row on Wednesday with Nathan Walker joined by Alexei Toropchenko and Tyler Bozak.
Only Toropchenko and Bozak have been on the fourth row for the last seven games under an 11-forward/seven-back lineup. They are with members of the top three rows rotating to the fourth row.
Berube also made changes to the front three lines. The group returned Brandon Saad to the Ryan O’Reilly-David Perron line. And it means placing Schenn in midfield with wingers Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Kyrou.
But more importantly, he brought together one of the hottest lines in the league during the regular season. It is Pavel Buchnevich-Robert Thomas-Vladmir Tarasenko.