Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blue Notes: Sobotka's Return to Lineup Delayed until Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blue Notes: Sobotka's Return to Lineup Delayed until Sunday

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RALEIGH, N.C. * Vladimir Sobotka's return to the Blues' lineup will wait until Sunday at Scottrade Center.

After he practiced on a top line and the No. 1 power-play Saturday morning in Carolina, the Blues decided to hold him out against the Hurricanes.

"He's been off the ice for a while, so it's pretty tough to have two quick skates and then hop into a game," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "We wanted to give him the opportunity to get out and start working with the power-play units, working with good lines and put him into a situation that feels game-like or feels like he's preparing for a game. We had said basically that we would use this skate today to determine if he was ready and we felt that one more day would be best for him."

Sobotka joined the Blues on Friday, skating for the first time 10 days. He hadn't played in three weeks, since being eliminated from the KHL playoffs, but he still left the rink feeling like he would be in the lineup against the Canes.

"I thought I was going to play tonight, but after the skate, I just feel like I needed more work on the things," he said. "I just needed more practice and get used to the smaller ice, that's how I feel. I'm working on it and I think it's going to be fine for (Sunday)."

Sobotka skated Saturday morning at left wing on a line with Alexander Steen and Magnus Paajarvi. But with Sobotka not playing, the Blues kept their top two lines intact, meaning rookie Ivan Barbashev remained at center on a line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko.

In Thursday's 6-3 win over Florida, Barbashev's first game in that slot, he assisted on Tarasenko's 38th goal of the season. …

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