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Groin injury won't keep Canucks' Lapierre out

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 3:24 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Groin injury won't keep Canucks' Lapierre out

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vancouver Canucks forward Maxim Lapierre said he will play Friday against the Anaheim Ducks after he injured his groin against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Lapierre was one of four skaters at an optional morning skate for the Canucks.

"Obviously there's some pain but I’ll be fine for tonight," Lapierre said after a 30-minute workout. "I think the day [off] yesterday helped a little bit, and I feel OK for tonight."

Manny Malhotra is not with Vancouver because his wife is expecting a baby, a team official said. Malhotra is expected to rejoin the team Saturday.

Lapierre is expected to center the fourth line, with Andrew Ebbett playing on the wing.

Here is the how the rest of the lineup likely will look for the Canucks on Friday:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Zack Kassian

Chris Higgins - Alexandre Burrows - Jannik Hansen

Mason Raymond - Jordan Schroeder - Dale Weise

Andrew Ebbett - Maxim Lapierre - Aaron Volpatti

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa

Jason Garrison - Alexander Edler

Keith Ballard - Christopher Tanev

Cory Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Injured: Ryan Kesler, David Booth

Scratched: Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker

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