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Projected lineups for Predators, Blues

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 2:20 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Projected lineups for Predators, Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Thursday at Scottrade Center will see the St. Louis Blues open the season against the Nashville Predators.

Predators defenseman Seth Jones will celebrate his 19th birthday by making his NHL debut. The fourth pick of the 2013 NHL Draft is expected to be on the second defense pair alongside Mattias Ekholm.

Forward Brenden Morrow will make his debut for the Blues after receiving his work visa in time for the game. Morrow signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with St. Louis on Sept. 23 but could not et access to a work visa until his signed a contract. Magnus Paajarvi is likely to be a healthy scratch.

Here are the lineups each team could use Thursday:

PREDATORS

Nick Spaling - Matt Cullen - Eric Nystrom

Gabriel Bourque - Mike Fisher - Craig Smith

Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist

Rich Clune - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Seth Jones - Mattias Ekholm

Victor Bartley - Kevin Klein

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Taylor Beck, Victor Bartley, Ryan Ellis

Injured: Viktor Stalberg (shoulder), Filip Forsberg (lower body)

BLUES

Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Brenden Morrow - Derek Roy - Chris Stewart

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Sobotka - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Jordan Leopold - Kevin Shattenkirk

Barret Jackman - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Ian Cole, Adam Cracknell, Magnus Paajarvi

Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie