Here's how the lineups could look tonight when the Vancouver Canucks
host the Edmonton Oilers
at Rogers Arena:
- Henrik Sedin
- Alexandre Burrows
- Ryan Kesler
- David Booth
- Cody Hodgson
- Jannik Hansen
- Maxim Lapierre
- Dale Weise
- Kevin Bieksa
- Sami Salo
- Aaron Rome
is in goal for a fifth straight start, a bit of a surprise given backup Cory Schneider
has only played three times in more than five weeks -- and won them all -- and, with the break, will have gone three weeks without a start by the time he next plays.
No changes up front, though the top line is hoping to be better than the last few games, with Henrik Sedin
on his first three-game drought of the season. Thankfully for Canucks fans, Hodgson continues to roll, with 2 goals, including the winner, in his last game, and a team-high 9 points in January. And a reunited second line is showing signs of the promise demonstrated before Booth's sprained knee split them up for six weeks. He has 2 goals since returning three games ago, and with Higgins feeling like himself after antibiotics to cure a staph infection robbed him of energy, Kesler, who also scored Saturday, now has better options on the wing.
- Sam Gagner
- Jordan Eberle
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ales Hemsky
- Eric Belanger
- Magnus Paajarvi
- Anton Lander
- Ryan Jones
- Ryan Whitney
- Corey Potter
- Jeff Petry
gets a second-straight started ahead of Nikolai Khabibulin
, and the chance to build off an impressive 44-save, 2-1 shootout win over San Jose Tuesday.
"You want to be a No. 1 in this league, you have to nail a couple of these together to get your team going," coach Tom Renney said Monday night after Dubnyk also stopped three of four in the shootout. "This is a good one to feed off of and build off of. He has to seize the moment."
The forward lines, still missing top rookie scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
, should be the same as against San Jose the night before as there is no indication Hemsky will face further discipline for the kneeing major that knocked San Jose defenseman Brent Burns
out of Monday night's game with a knee injury.
is the likely scratch on defense with Whitney's return, with Petry dropping down from a pairing with Smid to play alongside Sutton, who was suspended the last time these teams met in Vancouver on Dec. 26.