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Projected lineups for Flames, Predators

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Flames, Predators

CALGARY -- Here are the projected lineups for Friday night’s game between the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome:

FLAMES

Alex TanguayMike CammalleriJarome Iginla

Curtis GlencrossMatt StajanLee Stempniak

Jiri HudlerMikael BacklundBlake Comeau

Tim JackmanSteve BeginBrian McGrattan

Jay BouwmeesterTJ Brodie

Dennis WidemanMark Giordano

Derek SmithChris Butler

Miikka Kiprusoff

Joey MacDonald

Scratched: Roman Cervenka, Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk

Injured: Paul Byron (broken wrist)

Notes: Though they've won once in their past four games, the Flames enter Friday's contest unbeaten in their past five games on home ice. Calgary started the season 2-5-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome before five consecutive victories.

PREDATORS

Bobby ButlerDavid LegwandGabriel Bourque

Martin EratMike FisherSergei Kostitsyn

Matt HalischukCraig SmithZach Boychuk

Brandon YipNick SpalingRich Clune

Roman JosiShea Weber

Victor BartleyKevin Klein

Scott HannanRyan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason

Scratched: Jonathon Blum

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

Notes: After being yanked 5:32 into the second period in Nashville's 7-4 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to be back between the pipes in Calgary. Rinne posted a 3-1-0 record with a 1.25 goals-against average and .958 save percentage against the Flames a season ago.

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