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Ducks make lineup changes for Game 4

By John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

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Ducks make lineup changes for Game 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was circumspect about potential lineup changes before Wednesday's Game 4, saying that he and his staff would evaluate and look to put out the team best capable of winning but he decided to shake things up on Wednesday with three new players in the lineup, as he dressed seven defenseman.

After a lackluster effort in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Predators in Game 3, Carlyle elected to go with a bit more experience and, perhaps, bit more sandpaper. Back in the lineup for the first time since Game 1 was forward Jarkko Ruutu. In addition, the Ducks dressed defensemen Andreas Lilja and Andy Sutton, both of whom made their playoff debuts this season. Sutton played in only two regular-season games after Feb. 19.

Scratched for Anaheim were forwards Kyle Palmieri and Brad Winchester along defenseman Sheldon Brookbank.

Ruutu, 35, has played in 56 career playoff games with 5 goals and 5 assists and a minus-3 rating to go with 112 penalty minutes. He played 73 regular-season games, totaling 3 goals and 9 assists and 97 penalty minutes.

Lilja, with 53 career playoff games, was a member of Detroit's 2008 Stanley Cup-winning team.

Palmieri, a 20-year-old, played only 10 games in the regular season for Anaheim and Game 3 was the first playoff game of his career. He was one of four rookies in that game who suited up for Anaheim.

Winchester has played in 23 career playoff games with 1 goal and 2 assists.
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