Following a two-game absence from the Canucks line-up, Henrik Sedin said he feels 100 per cent and will be playing tonight against the Lightning. Vancouver finishes its six-game road trip Tuesday against in Tampa Bay and it goes without saying a win heading into the holidays would be huge.
Henrik said it anyways.
After losing the first three games to open this trip, the Canucks responded with back-to-back solid efforts collecting three of four points in Detroit and Florida. A win in Tampa Bay would even Vancouver’s road record at 8-8-6, although beating a high-tempo Lightning team is easier said than done, according to Adam Cracknell.
Jacob Markstrom gets the start in net and Joe Cannata, who was recalled by the Canucks Tuesday, will play back-up for the second time in his career. No word on when he will arrive in Tampa Bay.
As for Ryan Miller, coach Willie Desjardins stressed that it’s simply cramps he suffered from in having to be replaced during the shootout Sunday in Florida, but the Canucks won’t be taking any chances with their starting netminder.
Desjardins also said Chris Higgins would be revaluated following morning skate, but of the 11 players who took part, Higgins was not one of them. His status for tonight is unknown.