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Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Flames

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:40 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Blackhawks, Flames
CHICAGO -- After breaking a three-game losing skid Thursday night in Columbus, the Chicago Blackhawks opted not to hold a morning skate Friday at the United Center.

The Calgary Flames, Chicago's opponent Friday night, did have a morning skate after making a couple of roster moves Thursday. The Flames placed veteran center Brendan Morrison on injured reserve because of "inadequate rehabilitation of ACL knee surgery," and placed veteran defenseman Anton Babchuk on IR because of a broken bone in his hand that happened while blocking a shot Tuesday in Minnesota.

They called up defenseman T.J. Brodie to replace Babchuk and center Paul Byron to take Morrison's spot on the roster.

The Blackhawks could be without two-way center Dave Bolland for the second straight game, after he injured his foot while blocking a shot against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

If Bolland is unable to play, look for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville to go with a similar lineup to the one he used against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6-3 win Thursday night -- save for sixth defenseman John Scott potentially being replaced by Sami Lepisto or Sean O'Donnell.

The Blackhawks finally found some success on their struggling power play against the Blue Jackets, going 2-for-3 after coming into the game having scored just once in their previous 30 man-advantage situations.

One of the biggest changes Quenneville has made to the power-play units is putting defenseman Steve Montador in front of the net as a forward -- which paid off against Columbus. Montador scored one of Chicago's power-play goals and was on the ice for the other one, as well -- scored by veteran forward Andrew Brunette.

"We had a real good first period and when you get the power play going all of a sudden you get some excitement in the team game,"Quenneville told reporters after the game. "It was nice to see a couple nice plays and a couple nice finishes around the net."

Here are the projected lineups for Friday night:

CALGARY

Jarome Iginla - Mikael Backlund - Alex Tanguay
Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Rene Bourque
Paul Byron - Roman Horak - Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos - David Moss - Tim Jackman

Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler
Scott Hannan - Mark Giordano
Derek Smith - T.J. Brodie

Miikka Kiprusoff will start in goal for the Flames, while Henrik Karlsson will be his back-up

CHICAGO

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

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Nick Leddy
Steve Montador - John Scott or Sami Lepisto or Sean O'Donnell

Quenneville didn't reveal Thursday night who would start for the Hawks, but the regular starter is Corey Crawford with veteran Ray Emery backing him up.
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