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Hartnell to play for Flyers, Hutton in goal for Predators

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 2:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell will be in the lineup Thursday against the Nashville Predators after initial concern that a lower-body injury sustained blocking a shot against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday would sideline him.

Hartnell said a puck hit him "right on the side" of his skate and was concerned he had sustained a broken foot. He missed 16 games after blocking a shot with his foot last season.

"It felt good," Hartnell said after taking part in the Flyers' morning skate Thursday. "Better than I thought it would. Anytime you block a shot it gets sore, and obviously I was worried about this one, but I should be ready to go."

Hartnell said he plans on wearing protective skate guards on both feet going forward.

For the Predators, Carter Hutton told the Tennessean that he would start in net. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, acquired Wednesday from the Edmonton Oilers, joined the team in Philadelphia and could serve as the backup. The team reported his immigration paperwork was completed late Thursday afternoon but no decision was made on who would be Hutton's backup, Dubnyk or rookie Marek Mazanec.

Dubnyk said he's excited to be working with Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn. Dubnyk told the Tennessean they went out to dinner Wednesday after Dubnyk arrived in Philadelphia.

"It's nice to establish a relationship right away," Dubnyk said. "We're going to be working very closely together for the rest of the season so it's important to establish that relationship early."

Here are the projected lineups for both teams Thursday:

PREDATORS

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist

Gabriel Bourque - David Legwand - Craig Smith

Matt Cullen - Paul Gaustad - Viktor Stalberg

Rich Clune - Nick Spaling - Eric Nystrom

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Ryan Ellis - Kevin Klein

Seth Jones - Mattias Ekholm

Carter Hutton

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Victor Bartley, Devan Dubnyk

FLYERS

Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Scott Hartnell - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Vincent Lecavalier

Steve Downie - Chris VandeVelde - Adam Hall

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit

Luke Schenn - Andrej Meszaros

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Erik Gustafsson, Hal Gill

Injured: Zac Rinaldo (ankle)

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild