Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is desperately trying to generate some offense beyond the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.
No. 2 center Ryan Kesler remains sidelined recovering from surgical repairs. Second-line winger David Booth is out with a groin muscle strain.
So Vigneault moved the Sedin’s usual linemate, agitating winger Alexandre Burrows, to the second-line center role – even though Burrows has precious little experience at center. Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen will flank him.
“It's not a big deal,” Burrows told the Vancouver Sun. “I know the game, I understand the game. There's an adjustment, but it's still playing hockey. You still have to work hard, play well defenisvely and skate. That is probably the biggest difference, that you are skating a little bit more.”
Rugged young winger Zack Kassian is getting to skate with the Sedins at even strength. The third line will feature former first-round pick Jordan Schroeder centering Mason Raymond and Dale Weise. Schroeder will be making his long-awaited regular season NHL debut.
“We'll see how I sleep tonight,” Schroeder told the Sun. “It's beyond exciting. I have been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time. For these guys (his new teammates) it's an everyday job, but this is a first for me. I'm just looking to come in and prove I can play here.
“I'll be nervous, but I don't want to let it affect how I play. I just want to stay calm. . .and these guys in this locker-room have been around and I'm sure they will be talking to me. I'm looking forward to some support from them.”