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Likely lineups for Red Wings, Blues

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 1:21 PM

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

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Likely lineups for Red Wings, Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Here are the likely lineups for the Blues and Red Wings when they meet tonight in St. Louis (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2):

BLUES
Alexander Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
David Perron - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Matt D'Agostini - Vladimir Sobotka - Jamie Langenbrunner
Chris Porter - Jason Arnott - Scott Nichol

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell - Roman Polak
Brian Elliott, who beat the Red Wings 2-1 here Nov. 15, starts tonight in goal for the Blues. Jaroslav Halak will be the backup tonight and start Thursday against Anaheim.

Defenseman Ian Cole and forwards Evgeny Grachev and Ryan Reaves will be healthy scratches. Grachev (eye) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

RED WINGS
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi
Danny Cleary - Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler
Chris Conner - Darren Helm - Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl - Brad Stuart

Jimmy Howard returns in goal after serving as the backup Sunday -- his first game off in 18 games. Ty Conklin, who stopped 32 shots in Sunday's loss, will be the backup.

Defenseman Mike Commodore is a healthy scratch.

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