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Projected lineups for Stars, Predators

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Stars, Predators

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


Bobby ButlerMartin EratCraig Smith

Nick SpalingMike FisherZach Boychuk

Gabriel BourqueDavid LegwandBrandon Yip

Sergei KostitsynPaul GaustadRich Clune

Kevin KleinVictor Bartley

Shea WeberRoman Josi

Ryan EllisScott Hannan

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Scratched: Jonathon Blum, Matt Halischuk

Injured: Hal Gill (lower body), Patric Hornqvist (upper body), Colin Wilson (upper body)

Notes: The Predators begin a five-game road trip. These teams met in the Music City on Feb. 25 with Nashville coming away with a 5-4 win. Barry Trotz's club is 0-5-1 in their last six on the road with their last win away from Bridgestone Arena coming on Feb. 5 at St. Louis. Fisher will likely be appearing in the 800th game of his NHL career on Tuesday. The Predators currently have a three-game winning streak over the Stars.


Reilly SmithCody Eakin - Jaromir Jagr

Ray WhitneyDerek RoyErik Cole

Loui ErikssonAntoine RousselTomas Vincour

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Jordie BennTrevor Daley

Alex GoligoskiJamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Philip Larsen

Injured: Jamie Benn (wrist), Brenden Morrow (groin), Aaron Rome (foot)

Notes: The Stars lost 2-0 at Phoenix on Saturday, splitting a quick two-game trip that also saw them win 5-1 at Los Angeles on Thursday. Tuesday's game will likely mark the return of Whitney to the ice for the first time since Feb. 1 vs. Phoenix. Whitney suffered a foot injury that night against the Coyotes which required surgery and has missed Dallas' last 16 games. However, while Whitney will likely return against the Nashville Predators, the Stars will likely be without their first-line center in Benn as well as their captain in Morrow. Tuesday's game is the start of a four-game homestand for Dallas.

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