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Projected lines for Blue Jackets, Stars

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 12:40 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lines for Blue Jackets, Stars
Here are the projected lineups for tonight's Columbus Blue Jackets/Dallas Stars game at American Airlines Center. Both teams head into this game off losses. Columbus fell 2-1 to Calgary in a shootout on Tuesday on home ice while Dallas lost 5-3 at St. Louis on Monday night. The Jackets are just 3-12-2 on the road while the Stars are 11-5-1 on home ice.

BLUE JACKETS

Rick Nash - Jeff Carter - Ryan Johansen
Vinny Prospal - Antoine Vermette - Mark Letestu
RJ Umberger - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Derick Brassard - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin
John Moore - James Wisniewski
Marc Methot - Grant Clitsome

Steve Mason
Curtis Sanford

Scratches: Dane Byers, Aaron Johnson

Injuries: Kristian Huselius (lower body), Radek Martinek (concussion).

Notes: The Blue Jackets are 0-5-1 in their last six games. Columbus' last win came on Dec. 13, a 2-1 decision over defending Western Conference champion Vancouver. Tuesday's loss marked the eighth time this season that the Jackets have failed to hold a lead after two periods.

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Steve Ott
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Tom Wandell - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen
Nicklas Grossman - Trevor Daley
Mark Fistric - Adam Pardy

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratch: Jake Dowell.

Injuries: Stephane Robidas (foot), Sheldon Souray (ankle), Tomas Vincour (MCL).

Notes: Lehtonen, who has missed the last 12 games with a groin injury, makes his first start since Nov. 26 at Phoenix, when he suffered that injury. He is 13-4-1 with a 2.34 goals-against-average in 19 starts this year. Ryder has a six-game point streak (5-3-8) while Ribeiro has at least a point in six of the last seven contests. Dallas is 2-0-0 against Columbus this season, beating them 4-2 at home on Oct. 15 and prevailing 3-2 in the Ohio capital three days later on Oct. 18.
Quote of the Day

For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday