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Preds' Ellis could sit out again

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 12:49 PM

By John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Preds' Ellis could sit out again
NASHVILLE -- Rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis was scratched for only the second time in 21 games since being called up in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to Boston. Trotz said he thought Ellis had slipped back into making some high-risk plays that the coach didn't like. Trotz would not reveal whether Ellis would sit again tonight in favor of Jack Hillen.

Here's the likely lineup the Predators will have tonight:

Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Brandon Yip/Gabriel Bourque - Nick Spaling - Jordin Tootoo
Jerred Smithson - Craig Smith - Matt Halischuk

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Roman Josi - Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon - Jack Hillen/Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne will start in goal, with Anders Lindback the backup.

Brian McGrattan will sit out, as will one of either Ellis or Hillen, and one of either Yip or Bourque.
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