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Projected lineups for Blues, Coyotes

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 2:04 PM

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

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Projected lineups for Blues, Coyotes
ST. LOUIS -- The probable lineups for tonight's game between the Blues and Coyotes from Scottrade Center:

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

Carlo Colaiacovo - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Cade Fairchild - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott

Halak is 6-2-2 with a 2.08 GAA at the Scottrade Center after making 33 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville on Friday.

The Blues will scratch winger Evgeny Grachev tonight. On injured reserve are forward Andy McDonald (concussion), winger Alex Steen (concussion-related symptoms), winger Ryan Reaves (hip), and defenseman Kent Huskins (ankle). Defenseman Ian Cole will begin his three-game suspension tonight. He will also miss games Thursday against Edmonton and Saturday against Colorado.

COYOTES

Ray Whitney - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Lauri Korpikoski - Cal O'Reilly - Radim Vrbata
Taylor Pyatt - Patrick O'Sullivan - Mikkel Boedker
Marc-Antoine Pouliot - Kyle Chipchura - Paul Bissonnette

Keith Yandle - Adrian Aucoin
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michal Rozsival
Rostislav Klesla - David Schlemko

Jason LaBarbera
Mike Smith

Top goalie Mike Smith (groin) has been skating since Sunday and was activated off injured reserve prior to tonight's game. Curtis McElhinney was reassigned to AHL Portland.

The Coyotes will be without forward Raffi Torres, who was suspended two games without pay Monday for charging Wild defenseman Nate Prosser on Saturday. Also missing because of injuries are center Martin Hanzal (upper body), forward Boyd Gordon (lower body). Defenseman David Rundblad, acquired from Ottawa in the Kyle Turris trade and a former first-round pick of the Blues, will be a healthy scratch.
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