The St. Louis Blues will be without the services forward Robert Thomas for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. Thomas took a hit from Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, it what could be called the body check of the playoffs, in the third period of Game 1 in a Bruins 4-2 win.
“No. He is out,” said Craig Berube after the team’s morning skate prior to Game 2. When asked by the media if the reason why Thomas was out of the lineup was connected to the hit he took, Berube replied “No. Nothing to do with the hit. No.” Thomas’s absence is related to another injury he has dealt with throughout the playoffs. Berube also confirmed that Vince Dunn will remain out of the lineup.
The depth for St. Louis will be tested in Game 2 against a strong Bruins team that will look to start much faster than in Game 1. It appears that Robby Fabbri could slot in for Thomas on the wing with Tyler Bozak and Pat Maroon, but Berube would not confirm that lineup up change. “We’ll see at game time.”
One thing he noted is that the line’s chemistry will be affected. “I mean, obviously it’s a change, for sure, but these guys are better and players that have been around a long time, so they’ll be fine,” said Berube. “I mean, just going to be a different look for them, that’s all.”
ST. LOUIS LINE COMBINATIONS
THOMAS – EXPECTED NOT TO PLAY
DUNN – REMAINS OUT, BUT CONTINUES SKATING