You’ll be familiar with the Blues’ stars, and with some of their wiley veterans. But what about the rest of the lineup?
Let’s take a look at how the Blues will (probably) line up when Monday night rolls around.
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
A true power line. Schenn is a guy many Bruins fans wanted to see in black and gold around the trade deadline, but the Blues ended up deciding against being sellers (probably a good call).
Tarasenko has the most skill on this line, but the other two aren’t exactly slouches. Schwartz has 12 goals on the postseason, with 10 of the 12 coming at even strength. This line will likely get a heavy dose of Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy.
Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
This is a unique line: Blais is a 22-year-old kid with a cup of coffee at the NHL level, while Perron is a veteran who I honestly didn’t know was still in the league.
Sandwiched between the two is O’Reilly, who has been excellent since arriving in St. Louis from Buffalo. He was very nearly a point-per-game player during the regular season, and has kept up that pace in the playoffs.
He’s a player Bruins fans will be familiar with from his days in Buffalo.
Patrick Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Yes, Tyler Bozak! The former Maple Leaf put up 38 points in his first season in St. Louis, but has stepped up with 10 so far in 19 postseason games.
Maroon is the great story of the Blues’ run, the hometown kid who scored an overtime series-winning goal on home ice.
Thomas is a guy the league will hear more and more about in the coming years. Just 19 years old, the 2017 first-round pick scored 9 goals during the regular season and 1 in the playoffs. He’s shown flashes of greatness during the first three series.
Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alex Steen
Steen, like Perron, is another “wait, he’s still playing?” guy. He’s not the 20-30-goal scorer he once was, but he still has a lot of skill for a guy playing on the fourth line.
Barbashev has 2 goals and 3 assists in the playoffs, while Sundqvist has 4 goals and 4 assists. Not bad for a bottom line.
First defense pairing
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Pietrangelo is the Blues’ Zdeno Chara, leaned on heavily in all situations. He’s an elite defenseman, and does everything well. He’s going to be tasked with shutting down the Patrice Bergeron line, but is also going to be expected to chip in on special teams.
Edmundson, while not as good as his partner, is a worthy #2 to Pietrangelo’s #1.
Second defense pairing
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Bouwmeester is one of those guys who’s been around forever, and while he may not have the same zip in his skates, he’s still an effective player.
Parayko is fun to watch, a big-bodied defenseman who can play physical hockey and has an absolute rocket of a shot.
Third defense pairing
Vince Dunn - Carl Gunnarson
This pairing is actually a bit of a question mark, as it remains to be seen if Dunn is healthy enough to play.
You remember Gunnarson from his days in Toronto. Neither of these guys is terrible, but this is a pairing the Bruins should be able to exploit.
You know all about Jordan Binnington by now. The one-time Providence Bruin is the sole reason the Blues made the playoffs, let alone made it to the Cup Final. He’s been sensational all season for St. Louis.
If the Blues are going to win this series, Binnington is going to have to be their MVP. He’s done it all season, but every torrid streak slows down eventually. The question is: will it be before the season ends?