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Projected lineups for the Sharks, Ducks

Friday, 10.14.2011 / 4:09 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for the Sharks, Ducks
Here are the lines and pairings for tonight's game between the Ducks and Sharks from the Honda Center in Anaheim (10 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA). It's the first game for either team since Oct. 8, a break they're happy finally is over.

SHARKS
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Patrick Marleau
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Jamie McGinn - Michal Handzus - Torrey Mitchell
Brad Winchester - Andrew Desjardins - Andrew Murray

Dan Boyle - Douglas Murray
Brent Burns - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

The third pairing will see Jason Demers skating with either Jim Vandermeer or Colin White. Either Vandermeer or White likely will sit out.

Thomas Greiss will start in goal, with Antti Niemi serving as the backup. Niemi is working his way back from having a cyst surgically removed from an undisclosed body part.

DUCKS
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Jason Blake - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Devante Smith-Pelly - Andrew Cogliano - Andrew Gordon
Brandon McMillan - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler

The third pairing will consist of Luca Sbisa skating with Nate Guenin or Sheldon Brookbank, with the other likely sitting out.

Jonas Hill will start in goal, with Dan Ellis backing him up.

The Ducks will honor former defenseman Ruslan Salei, who was killed in this summer's plane crash in Russia. The Sharks also have a tribute to one of their 2011 draft picks, who also died in the crash.

And for more about tonight's game, here's the preview.
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