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Rome back for Canucks; Booth getting close

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 2:59 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Rome back for Canucks; Booth getting close
ST. LOUIS -- The Vancouver Canucks will get defenseman Aaron Rome (broken thumb) back into the lineup tonight after missing 13 games after blocking a shot Dec. 17 at Toronto.

It means Keith Ballard goes to the sidelines as a healthy scratch.

"We talked this morning and he said he's good to go, so we're going to put him in the lineup tonight," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Rome. "When Aaron is playing his game, he helps us in the back end with our puck movement. He's one of our defense that likes to move it, as Don Cherry would say, 'Easy early,' and we like that with our group. He also brings a dimension to our power play."

The Canucks also are on the verge of getting left wing David Booth (knee) back in the lineup, but Booth will not play tonight.

"As a player, you've got to feel that you're ready," Vigneault said of Booth. "Obviously if he hasn't come to see me, it's because he's not ready and we respect that.

"When he feels that he's ready to help this team, he's going to come and see me and tell me he's ready to go."

With Rome in and Booth still out, here's the lineup the Canucks will put on the ice tonight.
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