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Projected lineups for Senators, Capitals

Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 12:51 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Senators, Capitals
KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

SENATORS
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Milan Michalek - Nick Foligno - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Zenon Konopka - Jesse Winchester - Chris Neil

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
David Rundblad - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will be getting the start in goal, with Alex Auld serving as backup.

Filip Kuba has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury sustained Nov. 29 against Winnipeg and will be out 3-4 weeks. Matt Carkner, who has yet to play a regular-season game after requiring knee surgery in the preseason, will join the Senators in New Jersey on Thursday, but will not play. His earliest expected return will be against Vancouver on Saturday.

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Alexander Semin
Troy Brouwer - Marcus Johansson - Jeff Halpern
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward
Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Mike Knuble

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
John Erskine - Dennis Wideman
Jeff Schultz - Dmitry Orlov

Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start in goal, with Michal Neuvirth backing him up.

Washington coach Dale Hunter said Semin (shoulder) and defenseman Roman Hamrlik (lower-body injury) are "game-time decisions."  Both skated with the team this morning, with Semin spending a second straight day on the top line.

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

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