-- Vancouver forward Jeff Tambellini
will make his career Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 6 Monday at Bridgestone Arena. Tambellini has drawn in for the injured Mikael Samuelsson
and will start the game on the Canucks' fourth line with Tanner Glass
and Cody Hodgson
Vancouver holds a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Tambellini, who had 17 points in 62 games during the regular season, hasn't played since April 9. He said Monday morning that he was looking forward to getting the opportunity to play playoff hockey, and it's why he signed with the Canucks last summer.
"It's a situation where you're playing on a first place team and hope to be a part of this in any way," Tambellini said. "This is exactly what I was looking for. It's something I knew might happen and I'm excited just to have the opportunity."
As expected, Canucks winger Chris Higgins
(left foot) and Nashville center Jerred Smithson
(upper body) will both play in Game 6.
Smithson watched Game 5 from his own couch after suffering an injury in Game 4. Higgins was hurt blocking Kevin Klein
's shot in the first period of Game 5 Saturday, but he quickly returned to the game and despite some soreness he is going to play Monday and will start in his usual spot on the second line with Ryan Kesler
and Mason Raymond
, Keith Ballard
and Andrew Alberts
are the healthy scratches for Vancouver. J-P Dumont
, Chris Mueller
, Teemu Laakso
, Cal O'Reilly
and the injured Steve Sullivan
won't play for the Predators.
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