VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is changing up his forward lines for the fourth time in as many games. That juggling will include splitting up Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night.
With six goals scored during a five-game losing streak (0-3-2), Tortorella admitted he's just trying to find a winning mix.
"We're throwing it up against the wall here a little bit and we'll see what sticks," said Tortorella, who also split up Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins.
Henrik will center Higgins and Jannik Hansen, who scored on Tuesday in his second game back after missing 10 with a shoulder injury. Daniel, who has 15 shots his past two games, will play on the left side of Santorelli and Ryan Kesler while Alexandre Burrows, who hasn't scored this season, drops from the first line to the third.
"Although Daniel [Sedin] is filling the sheet with shots, it just hasn't worked of late, along with other people. So we'll split them up and see where we go," said Tortorella, who will also make David Booth a healthy scratch for the second straight game. "One thing I know that works is Mike Santorelli and Higgins, but again they haven't scored."
The injury-ravaged Blue Jackets will get forward Matt Calvert back after missing 19 games with an abdominal injury, but will probably be without defenseman James Wisniewski, who leads the team with 16 points, after he woke up feeling sick and missed the morning skate.
"More than likely he's not playing," coach Todd Richards said.
Third-line wing Derek MacKenzie is a game-time decision with an upper-body injury for the Blue Jackets, who are also without Marian Gaborik (knee) and prized free-agent addition Nathan Horton, who is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery but is with the team and skating. Forward Brandon Dubinsky, who hurt his foot against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, was sent back to Columbus for treatment.
MacKenzie's status will determine where Calvert starts in his return, but his gritty style will be welcomed by a Blue Jackets team that is 3-1-3 in its past seven games, with the lone regulation loss an embarrassing 7-0 final against the Oilers on Tuesday.
"Based on his play and what we know he can do, he should be a lift for us," Richards said, "But sometimes when you have missed that amount of time your timing is off, your conditioning might be off a little bit. So we'll have to wait and see as far as what impact he'll have."
Here are the projected lines for the Blue Jackets and Canucks:
Cam Atkinson – Artem Anisimov – Boone Jenner
Nick Foligno – Ryan Johansen – R.J. Umberger
Blake Comeau – Mark Letestu – Derek MacKenzie/Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert/Jack Skille – Michael Chaput – Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin – Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray – Tim Erixon
Nikita Nikitin – David Savard
Scratched: Jack Skille (if Derek MacKenzie plays)
Injured: Derek MacKenzie (upper body, game time decision), James Wisniewski (illness), Brandon Dubinsky (foot), Nathan Horton (shoulder), Marian Gaborik (knee), Dalton Prout (back)
Daniel Sedin – Mike Santorelli – Ryan Kesler
Chris Higgins – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Zack Kassian – Brad Richardson – Alexandre Burrows
Tom Sestito – Jeremy Welsh – Dale Weise
Alexander Edler – Jason Garrison
Dan Hamhuis – Christopher Tanev
Ryan Stanton – Kevin Bieksa
Scratched: David Booth, Andrew Alberts, Zac Dalpe
Injured: Jordan Schroeder (foot)