The Canucks are in Nashville to play the Predators tonight and coach Alain Vigneault has just confirmed that Vancouver’s line-up will look a little different.
Derek Roy will play alongside Ryan Kesler and Jannik Hansen on the Canucks second line, the third trio will be Mason Raymond, Andrew Ebbett and Zack Kassian, while Dale Weise, Maxim Lapierre and Steve Pinizzotto make up the fourth line.
Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa skate together on defence, as will Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison and Andrew Alberts and Keith Ballard.
Roberto Luongo gets the start in goal for the second time in three outings.
“It’s a fun building to play in, they get good crowds, they’re always loud and we seem to always be playing in some tight games,” said Luongo, who has beaten the the Predators twice this season, including a 23-save performance in a 1-0 win over Nashville, at Bridgestone Arena, on February 22nd.
He and the Canucks aren’t dwelling on their last outing two nights ago, a 4-3 loss to Colorado where the Avalanche scored with 7.6 seconds left to rob Vancouver of at least a single point.
It’s been onward and upward for the Canucks, a team focused on the third of five games on their current road trip.
“We saw a lot of those goals the other night were from our own doing, but it’s a matter of preparation. The team we’re facing might not be in a playoff hunt, but we have to treat it like a playoff game. That’s been the recipe for success since I’ve been here.
“There are no easy games in this league, guys are playing for contracts and playing for jobs, so teams are always going to be up for every game.”