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Projected Lineups: Canucks at Stars

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 11:21 AM

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

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for today’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

CANUCKS
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen
Mason Raymond - Cody Hodgson - David Booth
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Alex Burrows
Manny Malhotra - Max Lapierre - Byron Bitz

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Andrew Alberts
Aaron Rome - Sami Salo

Roberto Luongo (starter)
Cory Schneider

Scratches:  Alexander Sulzer, Chris Tanev, Dale Weise.

Injuries: Keith Ballard (neck).

Notes:  Vancouver has won both games on their current road trip, ending Detroit’s NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games on Thursday and then winning at New Jersey on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back. The Canucks now lead the league with 86 points and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Vancouver also has the NHL’s top road record at 22-10-2. Sunday will mark the first meeting of the season between the Canucks and Stars and Vancouver swept all four meetings last year and has won six straight overall.

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

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

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Matt Fraser, Adam Pardy.

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

Notes:  Dallas is currently on a three-game winning streak, having won on the road at Montreal, at Chicago and at home on Friday against Minnesota by a combined score of 10-2. The Stars lost all four meetings with Vancouver last season and overall, Dallas has dropped six straight against the reigning Western Conference  champion Canucks.  C Mike Ribeiro is currently on a six-game point streak.  Dallas will be without All-Star center Jamie Benn for a sixth straight game but rookie defenseman Philip Larsen is probable even after taking a puck to the head in the third period of Friday’s win over the Wild.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory