VANCOUVER, B.C. --
Both the Sharks and Canucks are making changes to their fourth lines for Game 2 tonight.
As expected, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault
is using Jeff Tambellini
. After being a scratch in Game 1, Tambellini is replacing Tanner Glass
, who did not skate in warm-ups with the Canucks.
Tambellini will be playing only his second playoff game this year and second of his career. He made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in Game 6 at Nashville and made a critical defensive play against Martin Erat
late in the second period to help preserve the Canucks' 2-1 lead that wound up being the final score.
He will play on the left side of center Cody Hodgson
and right wing Victor Oreskovich
"It's a great opportunity, we're in a good spot so far, I'm just looking to add to what the guys did in Game 1," Tambellini said this morning. "We have a line with Cody in the middle is a guy that can make a really good play and is a reliable centerman, he's got a lot of energy. Hopefully I can bring an element of speed to that and really try to them (the Sharks) in their zone as much as we can."
Ben Ferriero is replacing Jamal Mayers
on the Sharks' fourth line and will be in a right wing role beside center Scott Nichol
and left wing Ben Eager
. Ferriero played all seven games against Detroit, contributing a goal and six penalty minutes.
Sharks defenseman Jason Demers
is again a scratch. He was not on the ice for warmups.
Demers was a surprise scratch in Game 1 after playing in all 13 games over the first two rounds of the playoffs. He did not skate Tuesday in the Sharks' full practice at the University of British Columbia and was not on the ice in their optional skate at Rogers Arena this morning.
The team has remained mum on what may ail Demers, if he has an injury at all. Kent Huskins
, who played Sunday for the first time since Feb. 19, will again be paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic
to start the game.
Here are the rest of the lineups for Game 2, including the line combinations, defensive pairs and goaltending depth, which, of course, is still the same:
- Joe Thornton
- Devin Setoguchi
- Logan Couture
- Dany Heatley
- Joe Pavelski
- Torrey Mitchell
- Scott Nichol
- Ben Ferriero
- Douglas Murray
- Niclas Wallin
- Kent Huskins
- Henrik Sedin
- Alex Burrows
- Ryan Kesler
- Mason Raymond
- Maxim Lapierre
- Jannik Hansen
- Cody Hodgson
- Victor Oreskovich
Dan Hamuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Sami Salo
- Christian Ehrhoff
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