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Projected lineups for Sabres, Lightning

Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

TAMPA -- When the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, the scene behind both benches will be a lot different than the one at the beginning of the season.

Leading the Sabres will be interim coach Ron Rolston, having taken over the position Feb. 20 from longtime coach Lindy Ruff.

The Lightning will be led by assistant coach Daniel Lacroix and player development coach Steve Thomas, who will lead the team until new coach Jon Copper takes over Wednesday.

Here are what the lineups will likely be for both teams:

SABRES

Steve Ott - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville

Thomas Vanek - Tyler Ennis - Ville Leino

Nathan Gerbe - Jochen Hecht - Patrick Kaleta

Marcus Foligno - Kevin Porter - Brian Flynn

Tyler Myers - Christian Ehrhoff

Mike Weber - Jordan Leopold

Mark Pysyk - Robyn Regehr

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: John Scott, Drew Stafford

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee)

LIGHTNING

Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Teddy Purcell - Tom Pyatt - Cory Conacher

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Dana Tyrell

Richard Panik - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen

Eric Brewer - Matthew Carle

Sami Salo - Victor Hedman

Radko Gudas - Keith Aulie

Mathieu Garon

Cedrick Desjardins

Scratched: Brian Lee, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Andrej Sustr

Injured: Vincent Lecavalier (lower body), Ryan Malone (shoulder), Benoit Pouliot (upper body), Pierre-Cedric Labrie (upper body), Anders Lindback (ankle)

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game