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The Blues’ projected opening night lines are something else

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Get the TUMS ready.

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Do you remember our reactions every time former coach Ken Hitchcock used Vladimir Sobotka in the top six?


Keep in mind that these lines and pairings are subject to change both before and during the game.

It’s jarring because it’s sans Steen, Berglund, Bouwmeester, and Fabbri. This wasn’t the team we were expecting to see take the ice Wednesday night. It’s not going to be perfect. Guys like Sobotka are going to be playing higher up than they usually do.

But good lord, the first line?

Flipping Schwartz and Sobotka does concentrate the firepower; perhaps with the line-up being this thin and fairly untested, Mike Yeo wants to spread the wealth. I can get that. You have a least one guy on each of the top three lines who should be able to get the puck in the net.

If needed, he can swap the two of them later.

Still, it doesn’t go down easy, does it? Thus ends the Blues’ preseason from injury hell.