Hitch to stick with Steen line

However the dominoes fall otherwise, you can count on Ken Hitchcock sticking with one particular forward line combo to start the season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the head coach of the St. Louis Blues intends to skate Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen , and Andy McDonald together.

"They like playing with each other," Hitchcock said.

Which is handy, since the head coach has had this combo in his head since the summer.

As for how the rest of the Blues' top nine fit together, David Perron, David Backes, and T.J. Oshie are projected to play together, while Jaden Schwartz -- if he sticks -- could skate with Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart. That would leave Matt D'Agostini on the outside, looking in.