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Projected lineups for Leafs, Predators

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 3:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Leafs, Predators
Here is what the lineups likely will look like when the Maple Leafs and Predators meet tonight at Bridgestone Arena.

MAPLE LEAFS
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin - Tim Connolly - Matt Frattin
Matthew Lombardi - David Steckel - Mike Brown
Philippe Dupuis - Joey Crabb

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

Ben Scrivens will start in goal, with Jonas Gustavsson the backup.

The Leafs could go with seven defensemen tonight, meaning Jay Rosehill and Colton Orr would be scratches. If coach Ron Wilson elects for a 12th forward instead, Rosehill or Orr would play on the fourth line with Dupuis and Crabb and Franson would sit out.

PREDATORS
Craig Smith - Colin Wilson - Patric Hornqvist
Mike Fisher - Martin Erat - Sergei Kostitsyn
Blake Geoffrion - Nick Spaling - Matt Halischuk
Niclas Bergfors - Jordin Tootoo - Jerred Smithson

Shea Weber - Ryan Suter
Kevin Klein - Francis Bouillon
Jonathon Blum - Jack Hillen

Pekka Rinne is expected to start in goal, with Anders Lindback the backup.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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