After talking up Ben Eager
's importance following his six-penalty performance in Game 2, Sharks coach Todd McLellan
has apparently had a change of heart because the bruising fourth-liner who lost his cool Wednesday night will not play in Game 3 for San Jose.
The Sharks' fourth line is instead a grouping of Jamie McGinn
, Andrew Desjardins
and Jamal Mayers
-- three guys who did not play in Game 2. McGinn last played in Game 6 against Detroit while Desjardins will be making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut as the center on the Sharks' fourth line.
McLellan was high in his praise of Eager's game following Wednesday's 7-3 loss, saying he likes what the grinding winger brings in terms of energy and physicality -- but the downside, of course, is when he parades himself to the penalty box like he did in Game 2.
The Canucks also have two changes on their fourth line, as Alex Bolduc has gone from Black Ace to fourth-line center in a matter of days. He replaces rookie Cody Hodgson
, who played in six straight games. Tanner Glass
has drawn back in on the left side for Jeff Tambellini
, who played in Game 2 because Canucks coach Alain Vigneault
was looking for some speed.
Clearly Vigneault is going the physical rout because with Victor Oreskovich
, Bolduc and Glass will give the Canucks a massive and tough fourth line. It all may have been a ploy to counter Eager, but he is not playing.
Here are the rest of the lines and defensive pairings that were shown during pre-game warm-ups:
- Joe Thornton
- Devin Setoguchi
- Logan Couture
- Dany Heatley
- Joe Pavelski
- Torrey Mitchell
- Andrew Desjardins
- Jamal Mayers
- Douglas Murray
- Ian White
- Kent Huskins
- Henrik Sedin
- Alex Burrows
- Ryan Kesler
- Mason Raymond
- Maxim Lapierre
- Jannik Hansen
- Alex Bolduc - Victor Oreskovich
- Kevin Bieksa
- Aaron Rome
- Alex Edler
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