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Blues at Coyotes Projected Lines

Coach Craig Berube’s made one small tweak.

St Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

Sunday’s game had a lot to like, but the team’s momentum flagged as the periods went on. To tweak, coach Craig Berube has decided to sit new guy James Neal, who was a bit of a non-factor in his first regular season game as a Blue. Instead of Neal, Berube will be slotting in Klim Kostin. The big power-forward should have some fun tonight against the Coyotes, though slowing down some of the speed they have in their young players might be a challenge. Luckily, despite their speed, the Coyotes this season haven’t been a scoring threat so far and their defense has been less than ideal.

These lines (from stlouisblues.com) should be able to handle whatever Arizona throws at them... if they don’t take their feet off of the gas.

Forwards

Saad - O’Reilly - Perron

Kyrou - Schenn - Buchnevich

Barbashev - Thomas - Tarasenko

Neighbours - Bozak - Kostin

Defense

Scandella - Parayko

Krug - Faulk

Walman - Bortuzzo

Goalie

Binnington

Barbashev’s gotten a promotion onto the third line with Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko. If Tarasenko plays like he did during the first period Saturday night, that could be a rough trio for the Coyotes to play against.