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Projected lineups for Red Wings, Blues

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 2:58 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-13 Opening Day blog

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2012-13 Opening Day blog
Projected lineups for Red Wings, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Here are the opening night lineups for Saturday's game between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Andy McDonald - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak gets the opening start in goal; Brian Elliott is the backup.

The Blues have no injuries. Healthy scratches include wingers Matt D'Agostini and Jamie Langenbrunner as well as defenseman Jeff Woywitka.

RED WINGS

Pavel Datsyuk - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Johan Franzen - Valtteri Filppula - Mikael Samuelsson

Daniel Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Jan Mursak

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Carlo Colaiacovo - Ian White

Jimmy Howard gets the nod in goal. Jonas Gustavsson, signed in the off-season from Toronto, is the backup.

The Red Wings will be without winger Todd Bertuzzi (mononucleosis/groin), defenseman Jakub Kindl (groin) and winger Darren Helm (back). Patrick Eaves (concussion) was cleared for contact but coach Mike Babcock said he's not quite ready to get back in the lineup.

Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares