Blues make adjustment to lineup before road trip

Blues make adjustment to lineup before road trip

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St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo is upended by Minnesota Wild's Zack Parise in overtime at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 27, 2013. St. Louis won the game 5-4. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 4:59 AM

(HockeyStL) -- The Blues will move Vladimir Sobotka from the fourth line to the third line against the Blue Jackets, Ken Hitchcock said Wednesday.

Sobotka skated alongside Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart during practice Wednesday.  He has also been a player Hitchcock has been impressed by since he took over the team last season.

“I think just because he’s such a responsible player wherever you go he adds to the complement of the line,” Sobotka said.  “Wherever you play him he adds to that line.  I think he’s such a dependable player.  He’s so darn competitive and he has got such a high-level of intelligence on the ice that he gives a boost to anybody he plays with.”

Sobotka, who is riding a three-game point streak, doesn’t mind the switch to the third line.

“I don’t mind moving any where the coaches tell me,” Sobotka said.  “(Hitchcock and I) sometimes talk about what kind of role he wants me to play in and what he needs from me.  I wish there could be more goals, but I’ll take any role.”

In his third season with the team, the pesky forward has been asked to play almost every role for the team ranging from the fourth line to the power play to the penalty kill.  Now he will get his chance to add more goals to his stat sheet playing with Berglund and Stewart.

No announcement was made about where or if Jaden Schwartz will play Thursday night in Columbus.  Schwartz has tallied one point (one assist) and a minus-three rating in six games.

Schwartz practiced with the fourth line Wednesday.
 

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