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Projected lineups for Coyotes, Ducks

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 3:38 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Coyotes, Ducks
Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Anaheim Ducks host the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center:

Ray Whitney - Daymond Langkow - Shane Doan
Lauri Korpikoski - Boyd Gordon - Radim Vrbata
Mikkel Boedker - Marc-Antoine Pouliot - Taylor Pyatt
Raffi Torres - Gilbert Brule - Kyle Chipchura

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Rostislav Klesla - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Michal Rozsival - Chris Summers

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

Torres will return to the lineup for Phoenix, coach Dave Tippett said, while Adrian Aucoin (upper body) and Martin Hanzal (upper body) remain out.

Hanzal had played with Radim Vrbata and Hanzal’s absence for the past two weeks makes Vrbata’s 22 goals all the more impressive.

Tippett reiterated that Vrbata should get recognized.

"When you have 22 goals at this point in the season in his ranking, that certainly should bring a lot of attention to him," Tippett said.

"You have to recognize with him is that the goals he's scored with us are huge goals. He's been a factor to where we are. To me, those are the kind of players that should get saluted in the All-Star game."

Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley - George Parros

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Lubomir Visnovsky - Luca Sbisa
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers

Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that backup goalie Dan Ellis will be out longer than the four-week period that the team initially announced.

Ellis has a groin injury that he told The Orange County Register was a tear.
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