Here's how the Vancouver Canucks
' lineup could look for tonight's game against the Calgary Flames
- Henrik Sedin
- Alexandre Burrows
- Ryan Kesler
- Chris Higgins
- Cody Hodgson
- Jannik Hansen
- Maxim Lapierre
- Andrew Ebbett
- Kevin Bieksa
- Sami Salo
- Alexander Sulzer
, 7-0-1 in his six starts since coming back from injury, is in goal for a fourth-straight game, with Cory Schneider
The Canucks will start the same forward lineup that scored four times -- one from each of the first three lines and another shorthanded -- in a 4-2 win over Detroit on Wednesday, with Ebbett back on the fourth line again after missing the previous six weeks with a broken foot, and temporary fill in Mark Mancari
sent back down to the AHL.
The uncertainty comes on the back end, where Edler, who scored the shorthander early in the third period but missed the end of that win over Detroit because of back spasms, said he was ready to return after taking the morning skate -- only to have coach Alain Vigneault
declare him a game-time decision. Keith Ballard
also skated after missing the last two games with back spasms, and while he declared himself a game-time decision, Vigneault said he was ready to return, but wouldn't say if he will.
"We've got a couple of decisions on our back end," Vigneault said. "Pleasantly surprised how Alex Edler came in today, skated this morning and felt all right. Once we know about Alex then we'll be better suited to tell you who will be in lineup and who won't be."
If Edler can't play, Ballard will take his spot in the top-4 alongside Sami Salo
. If Edler plays, the top-four stays intact and the question is who comes out of the bottom pairing to make room for Ballard, who has struggled there with Alberts on the right side and played his best with Aaron Rome
, who is out since breaking a thumb Saturday in Toronto.