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Projected lineups for Avalanche, Senators

Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 12:22 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Avalanche, Senators
Here's what the projected lineups could look like for Thursday's game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. The Sens held a full practice, while the Avalanche had an optional skate, after their overtime victory in Columbus Wednesday night:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekStephane Da CostaDaniel Alfredsson
Colin GreeningJason SpezzaMika Zibanejad
Nick FolignoPeter ReginChris Neil
Zack SmithBobby Butler

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will get his fourth-straight start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Zenon Konopka skated with the fourth line in Tuesday's practice, but head coach Paul MacLean has made him a healthy scratch, along with Erik Condra and Nikita Filatov. MacLean did not specify who will be playing with Smith and Butler, so expect some line juggling, possibly with Colin Greening and Peter Regin seeing time on the fourth line.

MacLean is also going with seven defensemen, with Brian Lee returning to the lineup after being named a healthy scratch in Tuesday’s game against the Wild.

Thursday night will also be the debut of Ottawa's Heritage jersey.

AVALANCHE
Peter MuellerMatt DucheneMilan Hejduk
David JonesPaul StastnyChuck Kobasew
Gabriel LandeskogRyan O'ReillyDaniel Winnik
Cody McLeodJay McClementTJ Galiardi

Shane O'BrienKyle Quincey
Erik JohnsonJan Hejda
Ryan WilsonRyan O'Byrne

Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets his first start of the season Thursday night, with Semyon Varlamov serving as backup.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres