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Projected lineups for Blues, Ducks

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 2:48 PM

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

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Projected lineups for Blues, Ducks
Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the St. Louis Blues face the Anaheim Ducks at the Scottrade Center:

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

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

Jaroslav Halak will get the start in goal tonight; Brian Elliott will back up.

Either Porter or Reaves will be a healthy scratch along with defenseman Ian Cole. The Blues are also without injured players Andy McDonald (concussion), B.J. Crombeen (shoulder) and Kent Huskins (ankle).

DUCKS
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Niklas Hagman - Andrew Cogliano - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jean-Francois Jacques - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Cam Fowler - Francois Beauchemin
Toni Lydman - Luca Sbisa
Sheldon Brookbank - Kurtis Foster

Jonas Hiller is the likely starter, although there was an outside chance Dan Ellis, coming off a groin strain injury, could see his first game action since Nov. 25.

Scratches are expected to be winger Andrew Gordon, center Nick Bonino and defenseman Nate Guenin. The team is without injured defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (finger), forward Jason Blake (wrist) and defenseman Matt Smaby (thumb).
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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

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