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Projected lineups for Canucks, Stars

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:


Daniel SedinHenrik SedinAlexandre Burrows

Chris HigginsRyan KeslerZack Kassian

David BoothJordan SchroederMason Raymond

Dale WeiseMaxim LapierreAaron Volpatti

Dan HamhuisKevin Bieksa

Alexander EdlerChristopher Tanev

Keith BallardJason Garrison

Cory Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Scratches: Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker

Injuries: Jannik Hansen (suspension), Manny Malhotra (eye)

Notes: After falling at the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime, 4-3 on Tuesday, the Canucks headed to Dallas on a three-game losing streak with a road record of 3-1-2. Jannik Hansen is suspended for Thursday night's game for a blow to the head of the Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in Tuesday's loss at United Center. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault has shuffled his defensive pairings for this game, dropping offseason addition Jason Garrison to the third pairing alongside Keith Ballard, a former Florida Panthers teammate.


Brenden MorrowJamie BennJaromir Jagr

Reilly SmithDerek Roy - Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinMichael Ryder

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Aaron RomeAlex Goligoski

Jordie BennPhilip Larsen

Cristopher Nilstorp

Richard Bachman

Scratches: Matt Fraser

Injuries: Trevor Daley (neck), Kari Lehtonen (groin), Ray Whitney (foot)

Notes: Thursday night's game marks the second in a three-game homestand for Dallas. The Stars fell 4-3 to the Calgary Flames on Sunday to begin their run of games at American Airlines Center. Rookie Cristopher Nilstorp gets his third career start against the Canucks. His prior start came on Jan. 26 vs. the St. Louis Blues in a 4-3 loss in Dallas. Rookies Antoine Roussel and Reilly Smith each have goals in Dallas' last two games. The Stars beat Vancouver 4-3 at Rogers Center last Friday, coming back from a 3-1 deficit early in the final period to finish a three-game swing through Western Canada on a high note.

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