Desperate Blues turn to Dunn, other lineup changes for Game 4 vs. Bruins

Matt Kalman
June 03, 2019 - 1:19 pm

The St. Louis Blues know they can’t afford to lose Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to the Bruins on Monday and then go to Boston for Game 5 facing elimination.

So as analyst Darren Pang predicted on this week's edition of Sunday Skate on WEEI, coach Craig Berube is executing a few lineup changes to try and get his team back on track after a 7-2 defeat in Game 3 on Saturday.

Most importantly, the Blues are inserting defenseman Vince Dunn in place of Robert Bortuzzo. Dunn is an excellent puck mover who took a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose and hasn’t played since.

Dunn had 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 78 games in the regular season and has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 16 postseason games. He could change the dynamic of the Blues’ transition game.

“He’s ready to play and he’s 100 percent, so we’re going to get a good player back,” Berube told the media in St. Louis on Monday. “It’s going to be intense for him right away, but he’ll get into it and he’ll make good plays with the puck like he always does. I expect the same Vince Dunn you’ve seen.”

Oskar Sundqvist will return from his one-game suspension and again center St. Louis’ fourth line. Robby Fabbri will be scratched, with Zach Sanford staying in the lineup and moving up to the second line next to Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron, a line that had some success in the regular season for the Blues.

Sammy Blais drops down to the Blues' third line.

Goalie Jordan Binnington, who was chased after giving up five goals in Game 3, will start for the Blues.

 

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