Wednesday, September 22, 2010

(9-22-10) Blues-Wild Gameday Lineup

ST. LOUIS -- The chemistry between Brad Boyes, David Perron and Philip McRae has caught the eye of not only the Blues themselves but from those watching from afar.

The trio dazzled fans on Sunday at Scottrade Center and have been impressive enough in camp that they will also showcase their skills today when the Blues play preseason game No. 2 in Minnesota against the Wild (7 p.m.) at Xcel Energy Center.

"We're going to get into real situations, how we go, how we match and I'm looking forward to it," said Boyes, who's used camp himself to fine-tune his game. "The more you get to play with each other, the more you get to know each other."

Boyes scored the shootout winner in Sunday's scrimmage and also scored in regulation time as McRae and Perron also had a hand in the goal.

"They're really good to play with," said McRae, whose dad Basil was a member of the Blues. "They're obviously very talented players."

Some other notable players to keep an eye on tonight include Ian Cole, who will play with Roman Polak. Cole is one of four defensemen trying to win a job. Also in that mix include Nikita Nikitin and Tyson Strachan. The two of them will be paired together tonight.

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Tonight's lineup against the Wild:

Alex Steen-David Backes-Graham Mink

David Perron-Philip McRae-Brad Boyes

Chris Porter-Jay McClement-Tyler Shattock

Stefan Della Rovere-Adam Cracknell-Cam Janssen

Not making the trip are B.J. Crombeen, Chris DeSousa and Stephen MacAulay.

Defensive pairings include:

Roman Polak-Ian Cole

Eric Brewer-David Shields

Nikita Nikitin-Tyson Strachan

Daryl Boyle
and Mark Cundari will not play.

Ben Bishop and Jake Allen will be play in goal. Ty Conklin will not accompany the team.

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