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Report: Stewart back in St. Louis lineup for Game 3

Apr 16, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart AP

It appears Chris Stewart‘s press box exile was a short one.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the 24-year-old power forward will be back in the Blues lineup tonight after being made a healthy scratch for Game 2.

Stewart skated alongside Jason Arnott and Vladimir Sobotka on St. Louis’ third line during Monday’s pregame skate, suggesting that 1) Jamie Langenbrunner will be moved down to the fourth line, and 2) judging by the rushes, Matt D’Agostini is the odd man out.

Dropping Stewart from the lineup was just one of the changes Ken Hitchcock made for Game 2, and given how well those changes worked — the Blues looked solid and spirited in a 3-0 win over San Jose — it’s a little surprising that he’d tinker with the formula.

That said, it would also be tough to imagine Hitchcock banishing Stewart for any length of time. Even in a down year, Stewart scored 15 goals for St. Louis after posting back-to-back 28-goal campaigns — that goalscoring ability is key for a Blues team that does, on occasion, struggle to put pucks in the net.

In short, putting Stewart in the press box for a game was probably Hitch’s way of delivering a wake-up call. And it sounds like Stewart got the message.

“I do hope I get a chance to get back in there and show him that I can play,” Stewart said after learning of his Game 2 demotion. “This isn’t the time of the year to pout or get down on yourself. We’re a team, we’ve got to stick together, and they’re going to need me eventually in this series.

“When I get the chance again, I’ll be ready.”

  1. bluesfan72 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. zwilhelm16 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Why??? Ill take Dags over this clown anyday look what we did with him out if the lineup.

  3. eggserino - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Hopefully he plays like the Chris Stewart we got at the trade deadline last year rather than the Chris Stewart of all this year.

  4. drez146 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I don’t get Hitchcock’s love affair with Stewart. His effort has been lackluster at best all year and he’s already turned over the puck at the blue line at least 3 times this game….I don’t get why he continues to get a chance over guys like dags or even porter

  5. northstars17 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I’m pissed my 2 favorites for the cup have to play each other. man I really want LA and Jonathan Quick…. but I’d LOVE to see the Blues take it. ahh this will be a hard one!

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