Canucks @ Blues

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Keith Tkachuk is back in the lineup tonight

Keith Tkachuk and Darryl Sydor return to the Blues lineup tonight whilst Brad Winchester, Alex Pietrangelo and Carlo Colaiacovo are healthy scratches. The actual lines are unknown but it makes sense for Tkachuk to simply slot in where Winchester usually is. The Blues scratching Winchester isn’t entirely unexpected. Lars Eller has made a good impact on the team and Winchester has been drifting during recent games. He hasn’t used his size to any effect and certainly needs to get meaner. There are a lot of prospects in the system and if Winchester wants to stay he’s going to have to put in the effort.

Alex Pietrangelo has had an unfortunate couple of games and sitting him for tonight’s game does make sense. He’s still young and inexperienced and it was made clear that he would not play every game. If he did play tonight then it would have been his 9th game – and the Blues would have had to make the decision as to whether to keep him up or send him back to juniors.

Playing the Canucks of course is an opportunity for a bit of revenge following their 4 game sweep of the Blues in last season’s playoffs. This could very well be the game that lifts the Blues out of their current slump.

Source: Andy Strickland

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