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Projected lineups for Kings, Predators

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:48 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Kings, Predators
Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center:

KINGS
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Scott Parse - Jarret Stoll - Ethan Moreau
Kyle Clifford - Brad Richardson - Trevor Lewis

Drew Doughty - Willie Mitchell
Rob Scuderi - Jack Johnson
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Goalie: Jonathan Bernier

PREDATORS
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Jerred Smithson - Craig Smith - Jordin Tootoo
Niclas Bergfors - Blake Geoffrion - Brian McGrattan

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Francis Bouillon - Jonathon Blum
Jack Hillen - Teemu Laakso

Goalie: Anders Lindback

Kostitsyn (lower body) and Kevin Klein (ankle) practiced and are game time decisions, coach Barry Trotz said.

Kostitsyn has practiced for at least two days and appears to be further along after he suffered the injury last week against Tampa Bay.

Blum played with Bouillon in Klein’s absence on the second defensive pairing and Trotz indicated he liked that pairing if he had to go to it again.

Blum grew up in south Orange County and will have another homecoming in Southern California. He said he has about 40 ticket requests from friends and family.

"People want to come and say hi," Blum said. "It's great."


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