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Projected Blues' Lines/Defensive Pairings Tonight Offer Surprises

Jeremy Rutherford posted his projected lines for tonight's game in today's Morning Skate. The lines are what Hitchcock have been running in practice. The defensive pairings? Interesting stuff. Here's what JR posted:


Jaden Schwartz-Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie

Alexander Steen-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin-David Backes-Patrik Berglund

Steve Ott-Marcel Goc-Ryan Reaves


Carl Gunnarsson-Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester-Zbynek Michalek

Barret Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk


Jake Allen

The take-away here is that Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo are split, and Kevin Shattenkirk is on the third pairing. It should be interesting to see how the TOI plays out, or if the pairings even stick that way past the first few shifts.

The forward lines produced down the stretch. If, as Robb mentioned earlier, they shoot the damn puck, there shouldn't be an issue tonight getting the puck in the net.