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Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets

Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 12:19 PM

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

Here are the projected lineups for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets for their contest Thursday night at Nationwide Arena:

TORONTO

Joffrey Lupul - Tim Connolly - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Matthew Lombardi - Tyler Bozak - Joey Crabb
Philippe Dupuis - David Steckel - Mike Brown

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf
John-Michael Liles - Mike Komisarek
Jake Gardiner - Luke Schenn

Jonas Gustavsson

NOTE: James Reimer is close to returning, but there is no official word on who the goaltender will be tonight.

COLUMBUS

Vinny Prospal - Derek MacKenzie - Rick Nash
Matt Calvert - Antoine Vermette - Ryan Johansen
R.J. Umberger - Samuel Pahlsson - Cody Bass
Alexandre Giroux - Derick Brassard - Derek Dorsett

Fedor Tyutin - James Wisniewski
Grant Clitsome - John Moore
Kris Russell - Aaron Johnson

Steve Mason

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery