Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella “thinks” winger Alexandre Burrows will play on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Burrows was seen limping “quite badly” after Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to San Jose Sharks. There were fears that he might have broken a bone in his leg, but it doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Canucks did not shuffle lines around nor was a player recalled from the Utica Comets, so it appears Burrows will play in the home opener.
“I haven’t even talked to Alex today. We wanted to give him a day off,” responded Tortorella when asked about Burrows’s status.
“He played a number of minutes—did get banged up a little bit, but I would think he is playing tomorrow. I just haven’t seen him or talked to the trainers today.”
If Burrows is unable to play, the Canucks will have to dress one of their extra defencemen as a forward. Andrew Alberts played a couple of games at left wing with the Canucks in the past. Yannick Weber has experience at right wing as well from his Montreal Canadiens days.