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Blues-Blackhawks projected lineups

Sunday, 02.19.2012 / 12:23 PM

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

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Blues-Blackhawks projected lineups
CHICAGO -- Here are the projected lineups for today's Central Division matchup between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - Jamie Langenbrunner
Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Arnott - Chris Stewart
B.J. Crombeen - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kent Huskins - Alex Pietrangelo
Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott
Ben Bishop

Elliott gets the start after a 13-save effort in blanking Minnesota Saturday afternoon. Bishop will once again back up as Jaroslav Halak continues to battle the flu and did not make the trip. The Blues are expected to use the same lineup as Saturday, but there is a chance D Carlo Colaiacovo and F Chris Porter could replace somebody today. The Blues continue to play without injured players LW Alex Steen (concussion symptoms) and Matt D'Agostini (concussion).

BLACKHAWKS

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Andrew Brunette - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Viktor Stalberg
Jimmy Hayes - Jamal Mayers - John Scott

Duncan Keith - Dylan Olsen
Nick Leddy - Brent Seabrook
Sean O'Donnell - Sami Lepisto

Corey Crawford
Ray Emery

The Blackhawks, who have won two straight after an 0-8-1 slide, are without defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador because of injuries. C Brendan Morrison and RW Michael Frolik are expected to be healthy scratches. Crawford is expected to start again after stopping 33 shots Saturday at Columbus.
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