St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (6) is congratulated by defenseman Colton Parayko

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Blues vs Flames: Storylines, Lineup, Matchup of STL Natives

October 11, 2018 - 10:06 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - After an off day and three straight days of practice the St. Louis Blues (0-1-1) will be back in game action on Thursday night at the Enterprise Center. St. Louis will host the Calgary Flames (1-2-0) at 7 p.m.

Expected to make his regular season debut tonight will be defenseman Joel Edmundson, the 25-year-old suffered a groin injury in the Blues last preseason game. He will likely be in the first D-pairing with captain Alex Pietrangelo.

Edmundson admits he'll have some of those home-opener type butterflys when he takes the nice tonight. 

"My first game is going to be at home and it's going to be nice to get out there in front of Blues fans," Edumndson says. "It's been a long summer and I just want to get back out there and get the season going."

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The addition of Edmundson and 27-year-old Jakub Jerabek, who St. Louis acquired via trade with the Edmonton Oilers before the start of the season, means Vince Dunn and Jordan Schmaltz will be bumped from the starting lineup. Blues coach Mike Yeo says this doesn't mean their giving up on Dunn, who played in 75 games with St. Louis last year. 

"He is a very big part of our future, nothing has changed there and same with Schmaltz," Yeo says. "We have very, very high standards and belief in what he can do and what he's going to be and we're extremely excited about it. Like most young players he's still trying to learn his craft."

In St. Louis' previous 10 home games against Calgary, they are 8-1-1. 

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Tonight will also be a matchup between a couple of St. Louis natives. You know about Pat Maroon on the Blues, then there's 20-year-old Matthew Tkachuk on the Flames, who already has a goal and six assists through his first three games this season. 

Tkachuck is the oldest son of former Blues forward Keith Tkachuk and older brother to Brady Tkachuk, a rookie with the Ottawa Senators. 

Here are the projected lineups: 

Forwards

Maroon - O'Reilly - Tarasenko

Schwartz - Schenn - Perron

Steen - Bozak - Kyrou

Barbashev - Thomas - Blais

Defense

Edmundson - Pietrangelo

Bouwmeester - Parayko

Jerabek - Bortuzzo

Goalie

Allen