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Friday Practice - New lines, Biega sent down, Sutter day to day

Ossi Vaananen

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New lines:

Sedin - Sedin - Hansen
Baertschi - Horvat - Virtanen
Higgins - McCann - Vrbata
Burrows - Cracknell - Dorsett

Edler - Tanev
Hamhuis - Weber
Hutton - Bartkowski

Coach says Sutter is day-to-day. Also expects Prust & Sbisa to join team on trip. #Canucks

Sbisa expected to join #Canucks on this trip as well.

Canucks have reassigned Alex Biega to @UticaComets.

Expect to hear today or tomorrow that Prust is back.. Should be in the line up sometime next week..

Jannik Hansen on the 1st unit power play? Jannik Hansen on the 1st unit power play



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Glad to see that Willie appears to be sticking with Hansen and the twins. I think they should get a solid stretch of games together  to see if they can work as a regular option. The numbers certainly suggest Hansen is a good fit (even if the "eye test" doesn't always agree).

Interesting to see Hansen get some #1PP time. Again a case of the "eye test" maybe not suggesting Hansen is a good power play option, but his career numbers do suggest that he provides a net positive on-ice "effect" during 5v4 PP minutes, with the team scoring more goals with him on the PP unit, while being very tight against giving up shorties. Similar to even strength, Hansen doesn't always bank the PP points himself, but his teammates produce better when he's on-ice. This suggests that he's doing something right (to elevate the production of his team), even if it's not immediately obvious (like scoring goals himself).

Whatever happens, I doubt the special teams could perform much worse than they have lately. Hopefully something clicks with these changes and they break out of their funk.

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Pretty awesome how Hansen can play on any line and produce.

I love how we have such a maneuverable lineup in general. So many forwards of ours can play on both wings or centre and both wings. It really creates a lot of possibilities for WD to work with. :)

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It seems that the 2nd and 3rd lines are constantly put in a blender...Having mostly rookies on a 2nd line is great...but will they see the ice..?....In fact,I'm not going to read too much into these practice lines because Sutter will most likely be back in tomorrow,and that changes everything yet again.

Good to see that Prust could be back in the lineup..Were a better team with him on the 4th line (he had some good chemistry with McCann).

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