May 7, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Alexandre Burrows (14) controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Winger Alexandre Burrows Will Likely Play Saturday


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.

Tortorella gave Burrows a “body maintenance day” on Friday and suspended right winger Zack Kassian took Burrows’s spot on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

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.

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