The move paid off as Schwartz scored a goal and helped on another in the Blues' win. Schwartz sparked the top line and showed signs of the feisty, talented play-maker he is capable of being. Schwartz led all players with six shots on goal and was a force all night.
Meanwhile, like he has for most of the season, Perron struggled and looked invisible on the second line. Perron recorded just a single shot on goal and was a minus-one on the evening.
It was much of the same for Perron, who has been way too inconsistent for the Blues this season.
Perron has six goals and seven assists on the season and is sixth on the team with his 13 points, but most of his damage has come in just a handful of games. Perron has had a pair of two goal games on the season, which means in the team's other 20 games, he has found the back of the net just twice.
That is just not enough damage from Perron, who the Blues are depending on to produce offensively. It is why the Blues gave the talented forward a four year, $15 million contract this offseason. Hitchcock needs Perron to produce offensively and on too many occasions this season, Perron has failed to do so.
Couple that with the fact that Perron was a minus-seven during the month of February and it is easy to see why Hitchcock made the move to shift Perron down to the second line.
It will be interesting to see how Perron responds going forward in what should be his new role for some time, which is assuming that Schwartz continues to play well.
With multiple injuries to many of the team's top forwards, the Blues need Perron to respond favorably, beginning on Sunday when the Blues travel to Dallas to take on the Stars.
Perron's inconsistency must end now.