Blues lines are set for opener, and they look good

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St. Louis Blues’ David Perron (57), center, is congratulated by teammates Jake Walman (46), Ryan O’Reilly (90) and Brandon Saad (20) after Perron scored a first period goal against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo (70) in the final preseason game at Enterprise Center on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) looks for a pass from Vladimir Tarasenko (91) in the first period goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the final preseason game at Enterprise Center on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn (10) congratulates teammate Pavel Buchnevich (89) on his goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Jim Thomas

Blues beat reporters Jim Thomas and Tom Timmermann joined columnist Jeff Gordon to discuss the opening of the NHL season and the final Blues p…

VAIL, Colo. — Craig Berube spent much of the offseason thinking about it. Plus, an eight-game preseason to experiment with different combinations.

So a lot of thought and evaluation has gone into the lines he’s expected to trot out Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. On paper, it looks formidable:

• Brandon Saad-Ryan O’Reilly-David Perron

• Jordan Kyrou-Brayden Schenn-Pavel Buchnevich

• James Neal-Robert Thomas-Vladimir Tarasenko

• Jake Neighbours-Tyler Bozak-Ivan Barbashev

“I feel if you look at our lineup, we have…

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