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Projected lineups for Panthers, Stars

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 1:48 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Projected lineups for Panthers, Stars

DALLAS -- There will be a number of notable debuts on both sides as the Florida Panthers visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Florida will have Tim Thomas in net; it will be the first regular-season NHL game for the 39-year-old two-time Vezina Trophy winner since April 7, 2012.

Thomas was a member of the Boston Bruins then, and his team played the Buffalo Sabres, who at the time were coached by Lindy Ruff. Thomas will see Ruff again as the coach makes his regular-season debut behind the bench with the Dallas Stars.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

PANTHERS

Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Brad Boyes

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Kris Versteeg

Jesse Winchester - Shawn Matthias - Tomas Kopecky

Scottie Upshall - Scott Gomez - Drew Shore

Brian Campbell - Ryan Whitney

Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver

Tom Gilbert - Erik Gudbranson

Tim Thomas

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Krys Barch, Joey Crabb, Matt Gilroy

Injured: Sean Bergenheim (hip), Nick Bjugstad (concussion), Ed Jovanovski (hip), Steve Pinizzotto (hip).

STARS

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Erik Cole

Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson

Shawn Horcoff - Vernon Fiddler - Valeri Nichushkin

Antoine Roussel - Chris Mueller - Ryan Garbutt

Alex Goligoski - Sergei Gonchar

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Trevor Daley - Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid

Injured: Scott Glennie (knee), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat), Aaron Rome (hip)

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