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Projected lineups for Blues, Panthers

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 2:25 PM

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

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Projected lineups for Blues, Panthers
Here are the projected lineups for when the St. Louis Blues take on the Florida Panthers tonight at Scottrade Center:

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

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal; Brian Elliott is the backup.

Chris Stewart starts serving his three-game suspension. Defenseman Kent Huskins (left ankle surgery), winger Andy McDonald (concussion), winger David Perron (post-concussion syndrome) and winger B.J. Crombeen (shoulder) are on injured reserve. Defenseman Ian Cole will be a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.

PANTHERS

Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg
Evgenii Dadonov - Mike Santorelli - Tomas Kopecky
Marco Sturm - Marcel Goc - Jack Skille
Shawn Matthias - Tim Kennedy - Sean Bergenheim

Ed Jovanovski - Keaton Ellerby
Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver

Jose Theodore will get the start in goal; Scott Clemmensen is the backup.

The Panthers are without injured Mikael Samuelsson (hip), Scottie Upshall (hip) and Matt Bradley (upper body). Defenseman Erik Gudbranson is a healthy scratch.
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