BURROWS PROMOTED TO TOP LINE
Head coach Alain Vigneault struck gold with the Kesler-Sundin-Demitra line and he may have another winning combination on his hands. Winger Alex Burrows will start tonight’s game in Phoenix on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin
Burrows rewarded for his hard work and consistent play, was the right winger on the twins’ line in the third period of Tuesday’s 6-4 win over St. Louis.
"It was just a question [Tuesday] night where I thought we had to go with our top six forwards and Burrows, in my mind, was in there,” said Vigneault. “Not that Pyatt was bad, but I just made that change. So sometimes you have to shuffle the deck and that's what happened last night."
Centre Kyle Wellwood will slot back into the lineup for winger Mason Raymond
who will sit out as a healthy scratch. Wellwood has 19 points (14-5-19) and a plus/minus rating of +3 this season, but has struggled recently, going nine games without a point.
Shane O’Brien has been chomping at the bit to get back into game action and Vigneault will give him that chance tonight, switch him for defenceman Rob Davison. O’Brien who has 7 points (0-7-7) and a plus/minus rating of +8 over 49 games this season, has missed that last four as a healthy scratch.
The expected line combinations and defensive pairings for tonight’s matchup are as follows:
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Burrows
Kesler – Sundin – Demitra
Pyatt – Wellwood – Bernier
Hordichuk – Johnson – Hansen
Ohlund – Edler
Sami – Mitchell
Bieksa – O’Brien
Last time the two teams met was during the Canucks eight game winless streak, Roberto Luongo
’s first game back after missing 24 with a groin injury. The Coyotes handed the Canucks a 4-1 loss at GM Place.
Tonight the tides have changed, the Canucks have won their last three games and the Coyotes are on a slide, losing six consecutive battles, before a 1-0 win over Dallas last night. The Canucks, however are not focusing on their opponents recent slump, and will be ready for a hard fought battle.
Tonight’s game faces off at 6:00pm PST and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific.