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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

Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis