David Backes? Check.
Troy Brouwer? Check.
Jake Allen? Check.
Steve Ott? Check.
The Blues haven't operated at full strength this season, missing at least one key player from game one. Finally, in time for game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs tomorrow night, the Blues will have the full team at the ready. Perfect timing, too, since the Blackhawks have reinforcements on the way for the playoffs as well. According to Jeremy Rutherford, here are the lines from today's practice:
Jaden Schwartz-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri-Paul Stastny-Troy Brouwer
Patrik Berglund-Alexander Steen-David Backes
Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves
Extras: Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, Steve Ott
Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson-Kevin Shattenkirk
Carl Gunnarsson-Colton Parayko
Extras: Robert Bortuzzo, Petteri Lindbohm
Extra: Anders Nilsson
That, folks, is what a full roster looks like. Savor it, because since it's the playoffs, anything can happen. This will be only the seventh time all year that the Blues have their full top-nine together on the ice; they've won the previous six games. Ken Hitchcock had this to say about having a full line-up at his disposal:
"It’s nice to see," Hitchcock said. "I’ve got some choices now. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow."