St Louis Blues

03/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 18:58

Projected Lineup: March 8 at San Jose

Vince Dunn was skating with Colton Parayko on the Blues' second defense pairing Wednesday, and Jordan Schmaltz was skating on the left side of Robert Bortuzzo to round out the Top 6.

'A bigger role for Dunner, a bigger role for (Carl Gunnarsson). Borts will end up getting more ice time, and obviously a guy like Schmaltzy, it's a good opportunity for him,' Yeo said Wednesday. 'I want to see that intensity from him, that sort of desire and confidence to show that he really belongs at this level… He spent a lot of time trying to get an opportunity as good as what's in front of him right now. I'm sure he recognizes that.'

In addition, expect a new look for the fourth line tonight made up of Nikita Soshnikov, Oskar Sundqvist and Tage Thompson.

'It gives it a bit of a different identity in terms of we have a few guys that can make some plays and create some stuff,' Yeo said. 'They still have to be responsible. If you can get offense from your third and fourth line, you give yourself a good chance to win hockey games.'

Here is the rest of the projected lineup for the game against the Sharks based on Wednesday's practice:

Forwards

Alexander Steen - Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Dmitrij Jaskin
Vladimir Sobotka - Kyle Brodziak - Patrik Berglund
Nikita Soshnikov - Oskar Sundqvist - Tage Thompson

Defense

Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn - Colton Parayko
Jordan Schmaltz - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Carter Hutton