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Canucks Report: Two to go

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
The playoff pressure is off, replaced now with the gravity of earning home ice advantage.

The Vancouver Canucks take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Rogers Arena and with a win and a Calgary Flames loss, the Canucks would clinch second place in the Pacific Division and home ice advantage in Round 1 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

You can review other scenarios until you’re blue in the face, but just like Monday, the Canucks want to take care of their own in their second last regular season game and whatever happens, happens.

“We’re just worried about playing our game and playing well,” said Luca Sbisa. “We’ve had trouble with this team, so it’ll be a tough game.”

Vancouver will be without Shawn Matthias against the Coyotes; he missed practice Wednesday and was not one of the 10 Canucks skaters this morning. He’s aiming to be back Saturday, but ultimately his health for the opening of playoffs is the main goal.

“It’s just some bumps and bruises,” said Matthias. “I needed a few maintenance days, so I’ll hopefully be ready to go by Saturday.”

MILLER/MARKSTROM

The Canucks reassigned Jacob Markstrom to the Utica Comets Thursday, meaning Ryan Miller will back-up Eddie Lack against the Coyotes.

Should Miller need to go in, he’s ready.

Tentative plan is to have Miller start against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver’s regular season finale Saturday, meaning Lack will get a much deserved game off heading into the playoffs.

“It’s been a great run for me this year and I’m happy we have Ryan back,” said Lack, who will have started exactly half the games this season when he takes position Thursday.

DOR$ETT

Derek Dorsett made it clear to his agent he and his family wanted to stay in Vancouver.

Yesterday he got his wish.

The Canucks re-signed the rugged winger to a four-year contract, meaning bodies and fists will fly for a long time to come.

“I’m glad to be staying in Vancouver,” smiled Dorsett. “I’m 28 and I believe I can keep going upwards and it’s going to take a lot of commitment and work in the off-season to make sure the body stays healthy and I’m more than ready to do that.”

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