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Wolski scratched; Kesler set to make season debut

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 3:09 PM

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Wolski scratched; Kesler set to make season debut
The Vancouver Canucks held an optional skate at Rogers Arena this morning, but these are the lines Alain Vigneault will likely trot out against the New York Rangers:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Cody Hodgson
Jannik Hansen - Manny Malhotra - Mikael Samuelsson
Aaron Volpatti - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Alexander Edler
Keith Ballard - Kevin Bieksa
Andrew Alberts - Sami Salo

Ryan Kesler is back on the team's second line after sitting out the first five games while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery. Dale Weise was with the Rangers in training camp, but the Canucks claimed him when he was put on waivers.

For the Rangers, Wojtek Wolski (hip) will be a healthy scratch. He'll be replaced by Kris Newbury. Michael Sauer (shoulder) is also out. Here's a look at the what the Rangers will likely do with their lines tonight:

Derek Stepan - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp - Erik Christensen - Kris Newbury

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger
Tim Erixon - Jeff Woywitka

It will be Roberto Luongo for the Canucks and Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers between the pipes.
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It's an incredible feeling just to see it go in and see the Joe go pretty crazy.  Ever since the introduction there, I was kind of feeling the nerves, and to put that one home, I started to feel comfortable and I thought my play started to pick up.

— Nineteen-year-old Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin after scoring a goal in his NHL debut
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