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Projected lineups for Senators, Panthers

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 12:45 PM

By Erin Nicks - Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Senators, Panthers
Here are the projected lines for Thursday night's game between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:


Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Nick FolignoStephane Da CostaDaniel Alfredsson
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithChris Neil
Erik CondraZenon KonopkaJesse Winchester

Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsDavid Rundblad
Filip KubaErik Karlsson

Craig Anderson gets the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Peter Regin will be out 6-8 weeks with an injury to his left shoulder. He was hurt during the Oct. 20 game against Winnipeg after receiving a hit from Nik Antropov, and chosen rehab over surgery (Regin had the same shoulder repaired last season).

Bobby Butler has been cleared to play, but will be listed as a healthy scratch, along with Brian Lee.


Shawn MatthiasTim KennedyMatt Bradley
Scottie UpshallMarcel GocTomas Kopecky
Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg
Jack SkilleMike SantorelliMarco Sturm

Brian CampbellJason Garrison
Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver
Ed JovanovskiErik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom will get the start, with Jose Theodore backing him up.

Near the end of Thursday's practice, and in front of his teammates, Florida coach Kevin Dineen informed Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, that he would be remaining with the big club. Gudbranson is set to play his ninth NHL game tonight, and once he plays his 10th the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in.

The announcement was met with cheers and hugs from the rest of the Panthers. According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, Erik's father, Wayne, was spotted choking up in the stands at the happy news.

Quote of the Day

It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.

— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings
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