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Canucks Report: Play how you practice

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks had a lengthy 85-minute practice Wednesday following a team day-off Tuesday.

You name it, the Canucks worked on it and at breakneck speed. A few times throughout the morning coach Willie Desjardins could be heard telling his players the tempo needed to be picked up; you play how you practice is clearly a mantra of Desjardins.

Zack Kassian, Brad Richardson and Frankie Corrado were absent from practice, although Kassian and Richardson skated before the team hit the ice. Desjardins said “they’re coming along real well,” but there’s still no immediate timeline for their return.

As for Corrado, who has not skated since suffering an undisclosed injury Monday night in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, he’s “going to be out for a little bit, a few more days for sure” said Desjardins. Coach would not elaborate on Corrado’s injury other than adding he “got hit a little bit funny.”

STRIKING OIL

Vancouver travels to Edmonton Thursday afternoon to face the Oilers later that night and Desjardins said he’ll likely keep Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata back in Vancouver.

“It gives the other lines a chance to get going,” said Desjardins. “For us to be successful, we need that.”

Desjardins also said he won’t be discussing line-ups prior to games. Next question.

Eddie Lack will get the start against the Oilers and if we can read into Vancouver’s practice lines, Linden Vey will move to the wing and play alongside Nick Bonino and Alex Burrows, while Shawn Matthias will centre a line of Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen.

LUCKY NUMBER 7

Linden Vey has gone from Todd Bertuzzi to Brendan Morrison, as in the Canucks forward has made a numerical change from No. 44 to No. 7.

But why, oh why?

“They gave me 44 to start and for me, I wanted something a little more simple, so I chose seven,” explained Vey, adding that he’s always worn low uniform numbers.

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