The Canucks' lines get juggled with the return of David Booth
after missing six weeks with knee sprain, and the re-unification of the American Express line with fellow US-born forward Ryan Kesler
and Chris Higgins
, who moves back up from the third line.
moves back to center the third line, Maxim Lapierre
slides down a spot to the fourth, and Mike Duco
drops all the way back the American Hockey League, sent down to the Chicago Wolves Sunday morning after playing the last three games.
– Henrik Sedin
– Alexandre Burrows
– Ryan Kesler
– David Booth
– Cody Hodgson
– Jannik Hansen
– Maxim Lapierre
– Dale Weise
On the back end Keith Ballard
returns after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season in St. Louis on Thursday, replacing Andrew Alberts
on the third pairing while Alexander Sulzer
plays a fourth straight after being scratched for 34 of the first 42.
Head coach Alain Vigneault
said the decision to sit Ballard, who is making $4.2 million a season, was more about the physical Blues than the smallish defenseman's play of late.
"He's probably playing his best hockey since he's been with us," he said of Ballard, noting he's competing with Alberts and Sulzer for third-pairing time. "That being said, sometimes like in St. Louis it depends on the opposition, it depends what you are looking for as far as match ups. Tonight we feel Keith coming in will give us a right elements."
– Kevin Bieksa
– Aaron Rome
- Alexander Sulzer
is back in goal after splitting a four-game road trip with backup Cory Schneider
Anaheim's top-two lines remain intact after dominating a 5-0 win in Edmonton Friday, but based on Sunday's morning skate there appears to be changes on the bottom two:
is back in centering the fourth line after sitting out Friday for the first time since being acquired from New Jersey in mid-December. Tough guy George Parros
will likely play alongside him in place of Kyle Palmieri
, who was out skating hard long after most of his teammates had come off the ice, showered and talked to the media.
moves back up to the third line between Andrew Cogliano
and Jason Blake
, whose return was added speed and depth and was followed by the Ducks' 4-0-1 run.
- Ryan Getzlaf
- Corey Perry
- Saku Koivu
- Teemu Selanne
- Nick Bonino
- Andrew Cogliano
- Rod Pelley
– George Parros
The back end remains intact after not giving up a goal in regulation during back-to-back games in Calgary and Edmonton (they lost 1-0 in overtime to the Flames):
- Cam Fowler
- Lubomir Visnovsky
- Sheldon Brookbank
starts for the third time in four nights after getting a couple days to rest and missing one game with a minor lower body injury. Jeff Deslauriers
will back up.