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Projected lineups for Ducks, Wild

Thursday, 10.27.2011 / 2:43 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Ducks, Wild
ST. PAUL -- The Anaheim Ducks are looking to stop a three-game losing skid while the Minnesota Wild are hoping to win for the sixth straight time against the Ducks here at Xcel Energy Center.

Guillaume Latendresse is back in the lineup for the Wild after being out with a groin injury. He'll start the game on the fourth line, but could move up if his play or others' dictates it, said coach Mike Yeo.

Devante Smith-Pelly is a game-time decision for the Ducks. He missed the opener of this seven-game, 13-day road trip with the flu. Either he or George Parros, who is sporting a nasty cut under his eye after getting hit with an errant puck Wednesday in practice, could skate alongside Andrew Cogliano and Andrew Gordon on the third line.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster expects to be back in the lineup for Anaheim as well. Here's a projected lineup for both teams based on the morning skate and their previous games:

DUCKS

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Devante Smith-Pelly / George Parros - Andrew Cogliano - Andrew Gordon
Brandon McMillan - Maxime Macenauer - Matt Beleskey

Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Luca Sbisa - Kurtis Foster

Jonas Hiller is expected to start in goal with Dan Ellis serving as the backup.

WILD

Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Cal Clutterbuck
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Nick Johnson - Kyle Brodziak - Brett Bulmer
Colton Gillies - Darroll Powe - Guillaume Latendresse

Justin Falk - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Clayton Stoner
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom is expected to start in goal with Josh Harding serving as the backup.
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