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Expected lineups for Hurricanes, Lightning tonight

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:50 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 NHL Face-Off Blog

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Expected lineups for Hurricanes, Lightning tonight
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes will open their seasons today at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Based on this morning's practices, here are the expected forward lines and defense pairings for each team:

LIGHTNING

Martin St. Louis-Steven Stamkos-Steve Downie
Ryan Malone-Vincent Lecavalier-Teddy Purcell
Ryan Shannon-Dominic Moore-Brett Connolly
Adam Hall-Nate Thompson-Blair Jones

Victor Hedman-Eric Brewer
Marc-Andre Bergeron-Pavel Kubina
Brett Clark-Matt Gilroy

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal, with Mathieu Roy serving as the backup

HURRICANES

Jeff Skinner-Eric Staal-Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty-Jussi Jokinen-Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Brandon Sutter-Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart-Tim Brent-Zac Dalpe

Joni Pitkanen-Tim Gleason
Jay Harrison-Bryan Allen
Tomas Kaberle-Justin Faulk

Cam Ward will start in goal, with Brian Boucher the backup
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