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Projected lineups for Wild, Stars

Friday, 02.24.2012 / 11:10 AM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

WILD
Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Devin Setoguchi
Darroll Powe - Matt Cullen - Nick Johnson
Cal Clutterbuck - Erik Christensen - Chad Rau
Matt Kassian - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Nick Schultz - Nate Prosser
Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Scratches:  Justin Falk

Injuries: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), Josh Harding (lower body), Mikko Koivu (undisclosed), Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), Mike Lundin (lower body),  Jarod Palmer (concussion), Clayton Stoner (leg)

Notes: The Wild beat the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday night in South Florida. Minnesota has just three wins in their last 10 games but has won two in a row. These teams last met in Dallas on Feb. 4 and it was the Stars who came away with a 2-1 win in a shootout. Minnesota had taken the first meeting of the year, on Jan. 24 in the Twin Cities, by a 5-2 margin. Heatley had 2 assists against Florida and now has 14 points over his last 13 games. Coach Mike Yeo might go with the rookie Hackett in goal tonight. He is 2-0-0 thus far with one shutout and a goals-against-average of 0.85.

STARS
Lou Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Ryan Garbutt - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric
Philip Larsen - Sheldon Souray

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Matt Fraser, Adam Pardy

Injuries: Jamie Benn (knee), Jake Dowell (finger), Brenden Morrow (upper body)

Notes: The Stars head into tonight’s game riding a two-game winning streak after road wins at Montreal on Tuesday (3-0) and Chicago on Thursday (3-1). Dallas is 0-9-2 this season in the second game of a back-to-back.  GM Joe Nieuwendyk said during a Thursday interview with a local sports radio station that 2012 All-Star Jamie Benn is doubtful for tonight's game. Benn didn't skate prior to Thursday's game in Chicago, and due to tonight's game being a back-to-back, there was no skate on Friday morning. Tonight's game begins a three-game homestand for the Stars and concludes a stretch where Dallas played in a different building each night for 11 straight games. Ribeiro, who had 2 assists in Thursday's win over the Blackhawks, is currently on a five-game point streak.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild