By LOU KORAC
ST. LOUIS -- The Blues (52-17-7) and Colorado Avalanche (49-21-6) will drop the puck in a matinee affair today at 1 p.m. in a key Central Division matchup that has implications for both teams.
The Blues' projected lineup:
Chris Porter-David Backes-T.J. Oshie
Brenden Morrow-Vladimir Sobotka-Jaden Schwartz
Steve Ott-Patrik Berglund-Magnus Paajarvi
Dmitrij Jaskin-Maxim Lapierre-Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman-Roman Polak
Jordan Leopold-Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan Miller will start in goal; Brian Elliott is the backup.
Healthy scratches include Derek Roy, Ian Cole and Carlo Colaiacovo. Alexander Steen (upper body) and Vladimir Tarasenko (thumb) are out.
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The Avs' projected lineup:
Gabriel Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Nathan MacKinnon
Ryan O'Reilly-John Mitchell-Jamie McGinn
Marc-Andre Cliche-Maxime Talbot-Patrick Bordeleau
Ryan Wilson-Paul Carey-Brad Malone
Jan Hejda-Erik Johnson
Andre Benoit-Cory Sarich
Nick Holden-Tyson Barrie
Semyon Varlamov is expected to get the start in goal; Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected to be the backup.
Healthy scratches include Reto Berra and Nate Guenin. Matt Duchene (knee), PA Parenteau (knee), Alex Tanguay (hip) and Cody McLeod (ankle) are out.