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Game 4, Blues at Kings - GDT (Now with extra Tarasenko!)

May 6, 2013, 9:28 PM ET [64 Comments]
Chip McCleary
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I'll have a more complete write-up shortly, but I wanted to say that watching NBC Sports I realized why the Blues aren't scoring in this series.

Yes, that's right - Kevin Shattenkirk was wearing his hat backwards. (Every Blues fan here knows the significance of this.)


As noted in the header, Vladimir Tarasenko is in the lineup. Adam Cracknell goes to the press box. Lines per Jeremy Rutherford:

Schwartz - Backes - Steen
Perron - Berglund - Oshie
McDonald - Sobotka - Stewart
Tarasenko - Porter - Reaves

Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo
Leopold - Shattenkirk
Jackman - Polak


And lines for the Kings:

Brown - Kopitar - Williams
King - Richards - Carter
Penner - Stoll - Lewis
Clifford - Fraser

Regehr - Doughty
Scuderi - Martinez
Muzzin - Voynov


Which indicates that the Kings will again go with 7 defensemen. Tarasenko is slated to start on the 4th line, but could (will) move up as the game goes along - so don't read too much into that.

I'm not sure I'm thrilled about the Blues lines, mainly because we've seen that they've struggled to score - but if Tarasenko moves off the 4th line, expect things to get shuffled pretty well. That's where we'll see if new combinations respond in a positive way.


Game time is 9:00pm Central. Be ready for a late night.
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