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Potential lineups for Canadiens, Ducks

Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 4:28 PM

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

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Potential lineups for Canadiens, Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Here's what the lineups likely will look like when the Canadiens and Ducks hit the ice in the Honda Center tonight.

The Ducks will have a new top line trio, with Matt Beleskey sliding into Bobby Ryan's spot.

The big news for the Canadiens will be the NHL debut of 2009 first-round pick Louis Leblanc, who will start on the third line.

CANADIENS
Andrei Kostitsyn - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Michael Cammalleri - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Travis Moen - Louis Leblanc - Lars Eller
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Yannick Weber

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz
Alexei Emelin - Frederic St-Denis

Peter Budaj will start in goal, with Carey Price spending the night as the backup.

DUCKS
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Bobby Ryan - Ben Maxwell - Niklas Hagman
Andrew Gordon - Maxime Macenauer - Devante Smith-Pelly

Cam Fowler - Toni Lydman
Francois Beauchemin - Luca Sbisa
Sheldon Brookbank - Nate Guenin

Jonas Hiller will start in goal, with Jeff Deslauriers serving as the backup. Regular backup Dan Ellis will miss about a week, according to coach Randy Carlyle, due to a sore groin.

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff