According to the Vancouver Canucks Twitter, Alexandre Burrows left the morning skate today after he sustained an upper body injury and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Burrows will not play tonight.
"He came off early and I haven’t talked to anybody since he’s been off," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardis said during his morning media address. "It just happened, so I haven’t talked to anyone."
Vancouver recalled former Flames' prospect Sven Baertschi from the Utica Comets. Desjardins wouldn't tip his hat on whether or not Baertschi would suit up against his former team tonight.
"He’ll be here tonight," Desjardins told the media. "It’ll be a game time decision if we are using him or not."
The 22-year-old put up seven goals and 15 points with Utica since being dealt by Calgary at the NHL trade deadline for Vancouver's second round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft in June. Baertschi wasn't happy with his role in the Flames organization and requested a trade through his agent.
Baertschi dressed for three contests with the Canucks this season and scored a pair of goals, both in the regualr season finale against the Edmonton Oilers.
"He’s a skill guy, he’s got a good release and he’s a guy that can break open a game," Desjardins said of Baertschi.
With each game in this Western Conference rivalry things have become more and more heated.
Things escalated in the closing stages of Calgary's 4-2 Game 3 victory when Alex Burrows and Kris Russell squared off following a Burrow's hit on Johnny Gaudreau which sent the forward into the boards awkwardly. Burrows was whistled for boarding and then took an instigator penalty when he dropped the gloves with Russell.
Less than a minute later, Kevin Bieksa and Michael Ferland hit the showers early after the two engaged in a scuffle. Bieksa, clearly frustrated, unloaded a series of blows to Ferland before the 23-year-old realized what was happening.
Desjardins says the key to victory tonight will be the ability for his team to stay composed.
I think [the series] has shown an edge," Desjardins said. "It’s hard to tell where it shows an edge, in what way you see experience working. We expected a close series, these are two good teams that are playing hard and finished close in the standings. It’s going to be a close series and it has been all the way through. I don’t think it’s any different than we expected."
The Canucks will try to take the C of Red out of the game early.
The crowd in Calgary was fired up Sunday and will be just as exuberant tonight. The Flames have said all along they need to use home ice to their advantage and a strong start could help the Canucks.
"A great start usually means you’re playing well, hopefully take the crowd out of it, and put them back on their heels a bit," Janick Hansen said.
Vancouver will try to replicate the start they had in Game 2 when they skated out of the opening period with a two-goal edge on way to a decisive 4-1 win.
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Sven Baertschi
Ronalds Kenins - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen
Shawn Matthias - Brad Richardson - Derek Dorsett
Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Luca Sbisa - Kevin Bieksa
Scratched: Linden Vey, Brandon McMillan, Ryan Stanton
Injured: Zack Kassian (back), Alexandre Burrows (upper body)