Mar 30, 2012; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen (36) is defended by Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (32) and defenseman Philip Larsen (36) during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Lines Starting to Take Shape

The Vancouver Canucks line combinations are starting to take shape and it is of note that Jannik Hansen has been pegged to replace the injured Ryan Kesler on the first power play unit with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

As expected Alexander Edler and Jason Garrison formed the defence pairing for the first unit with the team trying to set Garrison up for his one-timer from the right point.

The second power play unit consisted of Andrew Ebbett at centre between Mason Raymond and Zack Kassian with Keith Ballard and Cam Barker on the points. A third power play unit consisted of Jordan Schroeder centring Chris Higgins and Alexandre Burrows, with Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa on the points.

At even-strength, it appears the first line will feature the Sedin twins and Burrows. The second line will be Mason Raymond, Zack Kassian, and either Andrew Ebbett or Schroeder at centre. The third line will be Higgins, Maxim Lapierre, and Hansen. The fourth will be Aaron Volpatti, Manny Malhotra, and Dale Weise.

Interestingly, Schroeder skated with minor league call-ups Bill Sweatt and Andrew Gordon in Wednesday’s scrimmage. Schroeder will likely get an opportunity to skate with Raymond and Kassian in tomorrow’s scrimmage.

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