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Lineups for Oilers, Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 1:38 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Lineups for Oilers, Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight when the Edmonton Oilers face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena:

OILERS
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Anton Lander - Shawn Horcoff - Ryan Jones
Ryan Smyth - Ryan O'Marra - Magnus Paajarvi
Ben Eager - Josh Green - Darcy Hordichuk

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Andy Sutton - Corey Potter
Theo Peckham - Colten Teubert

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal, with Nikolai Khabibulin serving as the backup.

Jordan Eberle skated this morning with the team for the first time since a knee injury knocked him out of the lineup. He ruled out playing against Columbus, but left the possibility open for Thursday's game in St. Louis. He said he needs at least one real practice to test his right knee.

Coach Tom Renney said Eric Belanger is not on the trip, but doesn't think it will be more than 4-5 days before he returns to the lineup. Belanger sustained a leg injury Friday against Anaheim.

The Oilers also are without Calder Trophy candidate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and half the team's regular defense corps -- Ryan Whiney, Tom Gilbert and Cam Barker all are out with injuries.

BLUE JACKETS
Vinny Prospal - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash 
Ryan Johansen - Antoine Vermette - Tomas Kubalik
Ryan Russell - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin
Aaron Johnson - David Savard
John Moore - Marc Methot

Curtis Sanford will start in net, with Steve Mason the backup.

Gillies, who was claimed on waivers Saturday, slides into the lineup in place of Dane Byers, who was suspended for three games after his hit on San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins on Saturday night. Interim coach Todd Richards said he likes how the top three lines have played in his three games since taking over for Scott Arniel, so Gillies just moves into Byers' spot with the fourth unit.

The Blue Jackets are missing top center Jeff Carter (shoulder) and top defenseman James Wisniewski (ankle) because of injuries. Versatile forward R.J. Umberger was placed on injured reserve today because of a concussion. Forwards Kristian Huselius and Mark Letestu and defenseman Radek Martinek are also missing from the lineup.

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

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