T.J. Oshie will return to the lineup when the Blues open their playoff series against the LA Kings on Tuesday night. With Oshie returning, the Blues were forced to make a difficult decision concerning which player would be scratched in order to make room for #74. Ultimately it appeared it would come down to either Vladimir Tarasenko or Adam Cracknell.
Coach Ken Hitchcock announced his decision this morning, telling reporters that Tarasenko would be a healthy scratch for Game 1.
While this move might anger some fans, it's the right decision. The team's fourth line of Cracknell, Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves has been one of the team's best weapons down the stretch. It wouldn't make much sense to disrupt the obvious chemistry they've displayed. Facing the Kings, the Blues will need all of the toughness and size that they can find. Keeping the hard-hitting group of Cracknell-Porter-Reaves dressed should give the Blues a needed punch against a physical LA roster.