VANCOUVER -- Struggling to score and missing captain and leading scorer Henrik Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks appear set to shake up their lines against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, including dressing a seventh defenseman as a power-play specialist.
Though there were no morning skates Sunday for either team ahead of a 5 p.m. local start time, the indications from practice Saturday were that forward David Booth will be a healthy scratch so defensemanYannick Weber can play on the fourth line and man the point on a new-look power play that has been anything but powerful this season.
Vancouver is 28th in the NHL with the man-advantage at 14.3 percent and has converted two of 30 chances in its past eight games. Zack Kassian scored one of those goals during a 9-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks and Weber had the other in a 3-2 shootout win against the Calgary Flames. But Weber, the Canucks' only dangerous right-hand shot from the point, was scratched for the return of defenseman Ryan Stantonagainst the Nashville Predators on Friday, and the power play went 0-for-5 in a 2-1 loss.