VANCOUVER -- Marc-Andre Gragnani
, acquired from the Buffalo Sabres
on Monday, will make his Canucks debut Thursday. He'll replace Chris Tanev, who struggled as the Canucks closed a six-game road trip Phoenix on Tuesday, while fellow trade-deadline acquisitions Zack Kassian
and Samuel Pahlsson
made their debuts for Vancouver.
"We'll see what he can do tonight -- he hasn't played in a while and he's got an opportunity," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault
said. "Obviously we want to see what Marc-Andre can do and Chris' game in Phoenix was a little bit more challenging."
St. Louis skipped the morning skate after running its season-high road win streak to four games with a 5-2 win in Edmonton on Wednesday. The Blues, who are just 14-13-3 on the road this season, aren't expected to change their lineup other than swapping starting goaltenders. Not that it should make a difference, as Jaroslav Halak
, who played Wednesday, and Brian Elliott
each has 20 wins, a first for St. Louis, and each is among the NHL leaders in goals-against average and save percentage for the League’s stingiest defensive team.
Here is what the teams could put on the ice when they meet at Rogers Arena, with first place in the Western Conference on the line:
- Henrik Sedin
- Alexandre Burrows
- Ryan Kesler
- David Booth
- Samuel Pahlsson
- Jannik Hansen
- Maxim Lapierre
- Zack Kassian
- Kevin Bieksa
- Sami Salo
- Aaron Rome
is back in goal after Cory Schneider
started in Phoenix on Tuesday.
is a healthy scratch for a second-straight game since the arrival of Kassian, while fellow big-bodied fourth-liner Byron Bitz
was sent to the AHL.
- David Backes
- T.J. Oshie
- Patrik Berglund
- Chris Stewart
- Jason Arnott
- Vladimir Sobotka
- Scott Nichol
- Ryan Reaves
- Carlo Colaiacovo
Barrett Jackman - Roman Polak
- Kevin Shattenkirk
is expected to start in goal after Jaroslav Halak
beat the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday.