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Predators-Blues probable lineups

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 3:38 PM

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

The probable lineups for tonight's Nashville Predators game at St. Louis Blues:

Blues

David Perron - David Backes - Chris Stewart

Evgeny Grachev - Patrik Berglund - T.J. Oshie

Matt D'Agostini - Jason Arnott - Jamie Langenbrunner

Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - B.J. Crombeen

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Roman Polak

Ian Cole - Kevin Shattenkirk

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

The Blues are without Alex Steen (concussion-like symptoms), Andy McDonald (concussion), defensemen Kent Huskins (ankle) and Kris Russell (groin), along with winger Ryan Reaves (hip). The likely scratches for tonight would be Adam Cracknell and Chris Porter, although Grachev could be scratched in favor of Porter. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was unsure this morning.
Predators

Martin Erat-David Legwand-Craig Smith

Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Fisher-Patric Hornqvist

Colin WIlson-Nick Spaling-Jordin Tootoo

Gabriel Bourque-Jerred Smithson-Matt Halischuk

Ryan Suter-Roman Josi

Francis Bouillon-Jonathon Blum

Jack Hillen-Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne

Anders Lindback

Defenseman Kevin Klein (flu) will miss tonight's game. They will scratch winger Brian McGratton.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery