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All three players acquired in Tuesday’s trade with Dallas are expected to play against Minnesota: Goaltender Mike Smith will start and wing Jussi Jokinen will play on the top line with Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis, while center Jeff Halpern’s role is less certain.
Smith will wear jersey No. 41, Jokinen No. 11 and Halpern No. 10.
Also, defenseman Filip Kuba is out with a knee injury; his status is day to day. The team recalled recently acquired defenseman Alexandre Picard, who will wear jersey No. 2.