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Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Hurricanes

Friday, 10.28.2011 / 12:47 PM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center:

BLACKHAWKS

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Andrew Brunette
Patrick Kane - Marian Hossa - Daniel Carcillo
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik
Viktor Stalberg - Marcus Kruger - Jamal Mayers
 
Duncan Keith - Nick Leddy
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brent Seabrook
Steve Montador - Sean O'Donnell

Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal with Ray Emery serving as his backup.
 
HURRICANES

 
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Justin Skinner - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Zach Boychuk - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Joni Pitkanen
Bryan Allen - Jay Harrison
Tomas Kaberle - Jamie McBain
 
Cam Ward is expected to start in goal with Brian Boucher serving as his backup.

With the Hurricanes looking for more offense on the top line, Tlusty will play the left wing alongside Staal and  LaRose. Stewart returns to the Hurricanes lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury. He replaces Brett Sutter.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round