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Questions surround Blues, Sharks lineups

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 4:11 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Questions surround Blues, Sharks lineups
With the injury to Andy McDonald, it looks like Evgeny Grachev could grab the assignment of playing in his spot, between David Backes and Jamie Langenbrunner.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting Grachev and Chris Porter will be in the lineup tonight, but noted that Grachev displayed a bit of positive chemistry playing with Backes and Langenbrunner in the preseason.

The big lineup decision for the Sharks could be in net, where there's a chance Antti Niemi could make his season debut. Niemi hasn't played this season, but was the backup to Thomas Greiss in last night's 1-0 win against the Ducks.

"Nemo (Niemi) is available to us and we'll make a decision before the game," Sharks coach Todd McLellan told David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News.


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