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Palmieri, Lovejoy likely scratches for Ducks

by Arpon Basu /
MONTREAL -- The Anaheim Ducks likely will have a slightly different look from the team that lost 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs when they face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Right wing Devante Smith-Pelly appears as though he will make his season debut in the place of Kyle Palmieri, who would be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Smith-Pelly was called up Tuesday from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, where he had two goals in six games.

Palmieri has one goal and one assist in eight games for the Ducks, but played three shifts in the third period of the Ducks' game Tuesday in Toronto.

Also expected to draw back into the Ducks lineup is defenseman Mark Fistric, in place of Ben Lovejoy. Fistric has been scratched seven straight games, but Lovejoy played a season-low 12:35 Tuesday and was limited to four shifts in the third.

With Viktor Fasth out with a lower-body injury, Jonas Hiller gets the start in goal for the Ducks, while Carey Price will start for the ninth time in 10 games for Montreal.

The Canadiens are not expected to make any lineup changes from their 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

With both teams holding optional skates Thursday morning, here is what the lineups could look like Thursday:


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jakob Silfverberg - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Emerson Etem - Nick Bonino - Devante Smith-Pelly

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Cam Fowler - Mark Fistric

Bryan Allen - Sami Vatanen

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Kyle Palmieri, Ben Lovejoy

Injured: Dustin Penner (head), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Matt Beleskey (thumb), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist)


Alex Galchenyuk - Lars Eller - Brendan Gallagher

Michael Bournival - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Rene Bourque - David Desharnais - Travis Moen

Mike Blunden - Ryan White - Patrick Holland

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz

Nathan Beaulieu - Francis Bouillon

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Greg Pateryn

Injured: Daniel Briere (concussion), Brandon Prust (shoulder), Max Pacioretty (hamstring) George Parros (concussion) Alexei Emelin (knee), Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Douglas Murray (upper body)

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