DENVER — It’s another wing and a prayer for the Vancouver Canucks.
First it was winger Chris Higgins coming up with a stiff back at the morning skate on Thursday in Glendale, Ariz. That forced Keith Ballard to be pressed into a left-wing position on the third line with Zack Kassian also out with a back ailment and Steve Pinizzotto ill. The Canucks prevailed 2-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes and Ballard impressed as a winger and will have to do so again today in Denver.
Dale Weise sustained a shoulder injury Saturday in a 1-0 win at Los Angeles and the Canucks are scrambling again. The easy call was to put Cory Schneider back in goal for his fourth-consecutive start. The tougher one is coming up with new line combinations agains the Colorado Avalanche as the Canucks attempt to sweep their three-game road trip. So, here’s what Alain Vigneault has come up with to face the last-place Avs:
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Chris Higgins
Mason Raymond-Jordan Schroeder-Jannik Hansen
Keith Ballard-Andrew Ebbett-Alex Burrows
Tom Sestito-Maxim Lapierre-Andrew Gordon
Dan Hamhuis-Jason Garrison
Kevin Bieksa-Andrew Alberts
Cam Barker-Chris Tanev
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