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Gearing up for the Oil

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


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The Canucks skated hard this morning in preparation for their second home game of the season.

Alain Vigneault hopes for improvement after the 6-4 loss to San Jose in the home-opener Friday night.

"We're disappointed with the way we performed in front of our fans," Vigneault said. "We obviously wanted to do much better." "We really had a lot of our players that were off their game and not because of a lack of willingness, maybe it was from wanting to do too well."


After sitting out last game with a pulled groin, Sami Salo will dress against the Oilers.

"He's been cleared to play and it shouldn't be an issue," said Vigneault. "It would just be maintenance from now on in. He's in and he's going."

Salo practiced with the team over the weekend and says he feels comfortable being back on the ice.

"Last couple days I practiced and I had a really good practice yesterday. Today was just a light skate and I felt really good out there."

"It [the injury] wasn't that bad. It was a tweak, but we decided that it would be smarter to take a couple days off and let it heal properly."

Salo's been one of the team's most reliable defenders, and a key component on the power play, which is 1-for-15 (6.7 percent) over the past three games.


Coach Vigneault says he likes what he sees out of the all-Ornskoldsvik trio of Sedin-Sedin-Naslund.

"We've got something going here, that's pretty to see and pretty to be part of," Vigneault said. "It's up to the other three lines to find their groove, find their roles, and how they best compliment one another and contribute on the ice and to our team."

The Markus Naslund-Henrik Sedin-Daniel Sedin trio has accounted for 19 points while the rest of the forwards have combined for nine. The "Ikea line" has amassed half the teams total points.

Vigneault has said he'll continue to mix and match the lines throughout the season until he feels it's a solid fit - the second line has seen some changes already.

Rangy Ryan Kesler will start tonight's game playing on the right wing with Brendan Morrison and Jan Bulis.

"We'll see how it goes tonight hopefully we can get something going," said Morrison. "It's pretty evident only one line is scoring so far for us so we know we have to get going to help the team and hopefully we can do that tonight."


Backup keeper Dany Sabourin's isn't growing moss just yet, but he's starting to itch.

Roberto Luongo will once again clean the crease tonight at General Motors Place, though the assembled media at this morning's skate all expect Luongo will watch tomorrow's game in Edmonton from the bench.

"It's something that we're thinking about right now," said Vigneault "I think obviously we want to get him in and show what he can do. Tomorrow is a possibility that we're looking at. I've already made up my mind, my decision, I'm just not sharing it."


On October 16, 1974 Garry Monahan and John Grisdale were acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave Dunn, who played two season with Vancouver.


Forward Lines
D. Sedin H. Sedin M. Naslund
J. Bulis B. Morrison R. Kesler
A. Burrows M. Cooke T. Pyatt
T. Santala T. Linden J. Green
Defence Pairings
S. Salo M. Ohlund
L. Krajicek W. Mitchell
K. Bieksa R. Fitzpatrick
R. Luongo - S D. Sabourin


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