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Projected lineups for Avalance, Kings

Saturday, 02.23.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Here are the projected lineups for a game between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday:

AVALANCHE

Jamie McGinnMatt Duchene – P.A. Parenteau

Gabriel LandeskogPaul StastnyDavid Jones

Cody McLeodDavid MitchellMilan Hejduk

Aaron Palushaj – Mark Olver - Chuck Kobasew

Jan HejdaTyson Barrie

Greg ZanonStefan Elliott

Matt Hunwick – Ryan O’Byrne

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Scratches: Patrick Bordeleau, Shane O’Brien, Michael Sgarbossa

Injured: Steve Downie (knee), Erik Johnson (head), Ryan Wilson (ankle)

Landeskog is expected to return after he missed 11 games with head and leg injuries, the former from a Jan.26 hit by Brad Stuart of the San Jose Sharks.

Hejduk should also return after he had a torso injury Wednesday.

KINGS

Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Trevor LewisMike RichardsJeff Carter

Kyle CliffordColin FraserJordan Nolan

Dwight KingJarret StollDustin Penner

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Rob ScuderiSlava Voynov

Keaton EllerbyDavis Drewiske

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Bernier

Scratches: Simon Gagne, Brad Richardson, Andrew Campbell

Injured: Matt Greene (back), Alec Martinez (upper body), Willie Mitchell (knee)

Martinez has been skating but has not taken contact yet.

Coach Darryl Sutter earlier this week reunited the Brown-Kopitar-Williams line for the first time since last season. Brown responded with a goal Wednesday against the Calgary Flames to end a seven-game goal-less spell.

Sutter also promoted Lewis to the second line recently as Lewis has a goal and two assists in his past two games.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery