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21:06  12 june  2019
21:06  12 june  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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The St. Louis Blues are making multiple lineup changes ahead of the biggest game in franchise history.

Defenseman Joel Edmundson will sub in for fellow blue-liner Robert Bortuzzo, while 19-year-old forward Robert Thomas will be scratched in favor of Ivan Barbashev, head coach Craig Berube said Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Jeremy Rutherford.

Here's a look at the Blues' expected lineup, as relayed by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Forwards:

Defense:

With Bortuzzo, a right-handed shot, being scratched in favor of the lefty Edmundson, the Blues will be dressing four left-handers and two right-handers on defense.

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Gunnarsson last played in Game 7 of the Blues ' second-round series against Dallas, finishing his Over the course of the playoffs, Gunnarsson, Bortuzzo and Joel Edmundson have all rotated in and out of the lineup for various reasons. Jim Thomas covers Blues hockey for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Bortuzzo was scratched for the final game before the All-Star break, and he worked as an extra during practice so he's trending toward the press box While Bortuzzo adds a physical presence, the Blues have seven healthy defensemen they are juggling, so he was bound to be the odd man out at

However, Berube told The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno that because right-handers Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko are logging so much ice time, "There's not a lot of (other) minutes over there."

Barbashev, meanwhile, jumps back into the lineup after facing a one-game suspension for his hit on Marcus Johansson. Thomas is the odd man out after a brief return to action. The 19-year-old missed Games 2-5 with an undisclosed injury but suited up in Game 6 while Barbashev was out.

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