Thomas did not play a shift following the big hit he received from Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug in Game 1. Having battled through an injury for the last few weeks, so much so he rarely participated in practices morning skates, Blues head coach Craig Berube said he made the decision to take the young forward out on Tuesday.
Berube noted that the decision to remove Thomas from the lineup is not related to the Krug hit.
Defenseman Vince Dunn, who’s been out with an upper-body injury after last playing in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, will miss out again.
Fabbri, who hasn’t played since Game 5 in Round 2, slotted into Thomas’ spot on the Blues’ third line with Tyler Bozak and Patrick Maroon during Wednesday’s morning skate at TD Garden. He is a game-time decision, according to Berube. But with Dunn out, Fabbri will probably get in since there was no indication they were planning on going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for Game 2.
“It’s a change, for sure,” Berube said. “But these guys are veteran players who have been around a long time. They’ll be fine. It’s going to be a different look for them, that’s all.”
Blues-Bruins (BOS leads 1-0) Game 2 is Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET from TD Garden on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.