-- It's official.
wing Pavol Demitra
will be scratched from Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault
admitted that Demitra would be a "game-time decision" during his media availability on Tuesday afternoon.
will make his first appearance in these Stanley Cup Playoffs in Demitra's absence and will likely play on the third line with Steve Bernier
and Kyle Wellwood
. Mason Raymond
would then move up to the second line with Ryan Kesler
and Mats Sundin
. Vancouver's top line, of course, consists of Henrik Sedin
, Daniel Sedin
and Alex Burrows.
According to reports, Demitra may have suffered an injury during the course of Game 2 in Vancouver. He was hit hard into the boards during a play by Blackhawks' defenseman Brian Campbell
and although he finished the game, he was favoring his shoulder. Center Ryan Johnson Ryan Johnson is in the lineup.
On defense for the Canucks and as reported on Monday afternoon, Ossi Vaananen
will be filling in for the injured Sami Salo
, who is out with a lower-body injury.