Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yeo Makes Several Lineup Changes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Yeo Makes Several Lineup Changes

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NASHVILLE, TENN. * Blues coach Mike Yeo says he wasn't "overreacting" by making two lineup changes at forward for Game 4 against Nashville Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Trailing the best-of-seven series two games to one after a 3-1 defeat to the Predators on Sunday, Yeo inserted Magnus Paajarvi and Zach Sanford in place of Kyle Brodziak and Ivan Barbashev. In the loss, Brodziak was a minus-1 in 10 minutes, 39 seconds of ice time and won just four of 11 faceoffs; Barbashev played just 6:43 and didn't have a shot on goal.

"We got a couple of things, a couple of areas, we have to adjust and be a little bit sharper in," Yeo said. "Bottom line is when we look at the tape, where we got beat was really around our net. Our box outs, our physicality, was not strong enough. And on theirs we didn't fight for space nearly hard enough around their net.

"I think our puck possession in the offensive zone, we have to be stronger on the puck. We have to handle some of the cross checks that they were giving us and stay on our feet in those situations to allow us to keep some of the puck possession time in the offensive zone. If we do that I think we have a better chance."

Paajarvi was the overtime hero in the Blues' series clinching Game 5 victory over Minnesota, but after posting an assist in 12:49 of ice time in Game 1 against Nashville, he was pulled out of the lineup for Games 2-3.

"It's the first time I've been out of the lineup since I got up (in February), so yeah, of course I was disappointed," Paajarvi said. "But we're in the playoffs, we're doing everything we can to win the next game and that was the coach's decision. I need to step up my game, I need to be better and I'm going to do everything in my power to get an impact on the game here."

Paajarvi was reunited on a line with Patrik Berglund and David Perron.

"He's another guy that helps us get to our game," Yeo said. "His speed to get up the ice has a chance to make something happen off the rush, but it's a little bit more his pressure, his pressure on the forecheck, his pressure to win races to loose pucks. …

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