The Canucks' lines get juggled with the return of David Booth after missing six weeks with knee sprain, and the re-unification of the American Express line with fellow US-born forward Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins, who moves back up from the third line.
Cody Hodgson moves back to center the third line, Maxim Lapierre slides down a spot to the fourth, and Mike Duco drops all the way back the American Hockey League, sent down to the Chicago Wolves Sunday morning after playing the last three games.
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – David Booth
Mason Raymond – Cody Hodgson – Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise
On the back end Keith Ballard returns after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season in St. Louis on Thursday, replacing Andrew Alberts on the third pairing while Alexander Sulzer plays a fourth straight after being scratched for 34 of the first 42.
Head coach Alain Vigneault said the decision to sit Ballard, who is making $4.2 million a season, was more about the physical Blues than the smallish defenseman's play of late.
"He's probably playing his best hockey since he's been with us," he said of Ballard, noting he's competing with Alberts and Sulzer for third-pairing time. "That being said, sometimes like in St. Louis it depends on the opposition, it depends what you are looking for as far as match ups. Tonight we feel Keith coming in will give us a right elements."
Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler – Aaron Rome
Keith Ballard - Alexander Sulzer
Roberto Luongo is back in goal after splitting a four-game road trip with backup Cory Schneider
Anaheim's top-two lines remain intact after dominating a 5-0 win in Edmonton Friday, but based on Sunday's morning skate there appears to be changes on the bottom two:
Rod Pelley is back in centering the fourth line after sitting out Friday for the first time since being acquired from New Jersey in mid-December. Tough guy George Parros will likely play alongside him in place of Kyle Palmieri, who was out skating hard long after most of his teammates had come off the ice, showered and talked to the media.
Nick Bonino moves back up to the third line between Andrew Cogliano and Jason Blake, whose return was added speed and depth and was followed by the Ducks' 4-0-1 run.
Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Jason Blake - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Matt Beleskey - Rod Pelley – George Parros
The back end remains intact after not giving up a goal in regulation during back-to-back games in Calgary and Edmonton (they lost 1-0 in overtime to the Flames):
Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa - Lubomir Visnovsky
Toni Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank
Jonas Hiller starts for the third time in four nights after getting a couple days to rest and missing one game with a minor lower body injury. Jeff Deslauriers will back up.