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Projected lineups for Oilers, Ducks

Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 4:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Oilers, Ducks
The Edmonton Oilers face a win-or-else scenario when they play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Oilers, who enter 12th in the Western Conference, need a victory to keep alive their flickering hopes for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A loss would mean missing the postseason for the seventh straight year.

Making matters more difficult is the fact they'll have to make their push without second-year center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who the team announced Sunday would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that likely will require surgery.

The Ducks, meanwhile, can clinch the Pacific Division title with a win and some help. A Ducks win, combined with a Dallas Stars regulation-time win against the Los Angeles Kings and a Columbus Blue Jackets defeat of the San Jose Sharks would win their first division title since 2007 -- the year the franchise won its only Stanley Cup.

Here are the lineups the Ducks (via the Orange County Register) and Oilers likely will go with Sunday:

OILERS

Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle

Magnus Paajarvi - Anton Lander - Nail Yakupov

Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Teemu Hartikainen

Ryan Smyth - Jerred Smithson - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Mark Fistric - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

Injured: Eric Belanger (groin), Ales Hemsky (foot), Lennart Petrell (ankle), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder), Andy Sutton (knee), Theo Peckham (illness)

Scratched: Ryan Whitney

DUCKS

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Kyle Palmieri - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne

Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano

Matt Beleskey - David Steckel - Brad Staubitz

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin

Bryan Allen - Ben Lovejoy

Toni Lydman - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Injured: Luca Sbisa (lower body)

Scratched: Sheldon Souray, Radek Dvorak, Matthew Lombardi, Emerson Etem

Quote of the Day

I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season