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The Blues’ best line is back together.

NHL: FEB 26 Predators at Blues Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blues have been a bit flat since Brayden Schenn went down with injury - much of Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets had the energy of a bottle of Metamucil. How do you fix that against a team like the Nashville Predators, who are contending for a (very early in the season) playoff spot?

You put the Blues’ best forward line back together.

Ivan Barbashev is back on a line with Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko. All three players, but especially Tarasenko, have drawn energy from each other since training camp, and have really become an absolute bear to play against. The Blues need to send a line like that out against the Predators’ defense and Juuse Saros, because that back end is the nut that needs to be cracked if a team wants to score on Nashville.

Dakota Joshua’s centering the fourth line between Klim Kostin and James Neal. For many NHL team’s that’s at least a third line that they would take in a heartbeat.

Here’re tonight’s lines, from stlblues.com:

Forwards

Saad - O’Reilly - Perron

Barbashev - Thomas - Tarasenko

Kyrou - Bozak - Buchnevich

Neal - Joshua - Kostin

Defense

Scandella - Parayko

Walman - Faulk

Rosen - Bortuzzo

Goalie

Binnington