Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa will miss his second consecutive game with a strained groin tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bieksa left Friday’s game in the second period and did not return after straining his groin leading the rush up the ice. He did not dress in Sunday’s 8-3 debacle against the Detroit Red Wings. Andrew Alberts took his spot in the lineup and will do so again tonight against the Coyotes.
Canucks winger David Booth was feeling under the weather and also sat out on Sunday, but he will make return to the lineup tonight on the third line with Mason Raymond and Jordan Schroeder. This means Aaron Volpatti will sit out his third game of the season as a healthy scratch and Zack Kassian will drop down to the fourth line.
The Canucks will also juggle their defensive pairings as Jason Garrison will be giving the right side a try. He will pair with Dan Hamhuis while Chris Tanev drops down to the second pairing with Alexander Edler. Keith Ballard will switch sides with Alberts on the third pairing and will be back on the left side.
After giving up eight goals against the Red Wings, Roberto Luongo will watch this one from the bench as Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault‘s coin says Cory Schneider will start his tenth game of the season.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 26, 2013
- Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows
- Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen
- Mason Raymond – Jordan Schroeder – David Booth
- Dale Weise – Maxim Lapierre – Zack Kassian
- Dan Hamhuis – Jason Garrison
- Alexander Edler – Chris Tanev
- Keith Ballard – Andrew Alberts
- Cory Schneider
- Roberto Luongo