Scouting the Blues

This is Game 4 in the best-of-seven, second-round playoff series between the Kings and the St. Louis Blues. The Kings lead the series 3-0. In search of a spark, the Blues will get a bit more bulk in the lineup, as 229-pound Ryan Reaves will replace 210-pound B.J. Crombeen on the fourth line while 225-pound Ian Cole will replace 200-pound Carlo Colaiacovo on defense. Chris Stewart, who scored two goals in Game 3 after being a healthy scratch in Game 2, remains in the lineup. In the regular season, the Blues played four games with start times in the afternoon or late morning, and they had a 3-1-0 record in those games. Alex Pietrangelo, who returned in Game 3 after he missed Game 2 with an injury, leads the Blues in average ice time in the playoffs, at 24 minutes, 58 seconds, per game. For the latest on the Blues, check out the coverage from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Belleville News-Democrat, followed by the possible lineups for the Blues and the Kings…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Blues coverage

Belleville News-Democrat’s Blues coverage

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BLUES LINEUP
Andy McDonald-David Backes-Matt D’Agostini
Alexander Steen-Patrik Berglund-T.J. Oshie
David Perron-Vladimir Sobotka-Chris Stewart
Jamie Lanenbrunner-Scott Nichol-Ryan Reaves

Barret Jackman-Alex Pietrangelo
Ian Cole-Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell-Roman Polak

Brian Elliott
Jake Allen

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KINGS LINEUP
Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dustin Penner-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Dwight King-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis
Brad Richardson-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell-Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

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