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Projected lineups for Blues, Blackhawks

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:10 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Blues, Blackhawks
Here are the projected lineups as Ken Hitchcock gets set to coach his first game for the St. Louis Blues, tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scottrade Center:

BLUES
Vladimir Sobotka - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Matt D'Agostini - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Alex Steen - Jason Arnott - Jamie Langenbrunner
Evgeny Grachev - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ian Cole - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak will make his third straight start, with Brian Elliott as the backup.

BLACKHAWKS
Michael Frolik - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Sharp
Daniel Carcillo - Patrick Kane - Marian Hossa
Andrew Brunette - Dave Bolland - Rostislav Olesz
Viktor Stalberg - Marcus Kruger - Jamal Mayers

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Nick Leddy
Steve Montador - John Scott

Corey Crawford gets the start; Ray Emery is the backup.

Chicago, coming off a 6-2 loss at home against Vancouver on Sunday, has tweaked its lineup and knows the Blues will come hard playing their first game with a new coach.

"When you look at a team and they make a coaching change, you want to make sure you are ready against that team because they're going to show they want to play for the new coach," Hossa said. "They want to bring out all the emotions, all the energy. They'll be ready. We're going to have to play smart against this team. It's never easy to play in this building.

Said coach Joel Quenneville, "We expect them to be excited. On our side of it, we want a response to our game from Sunday night. There's a lot of motovation on both sides. We expect both sides to be hungry and ready to play. It should make for a good game."

The Hawks' lineup against the Blues includes the return of Keith, who missed the last four games with a hand injury.
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