The Canucks practiced on Wednesday morning in Philadelphia in preparation for Thursday’s matchup against the Buffalo Sabres.
H. Sedin with Kesler, Higgins at practice. D. Sedin with Santorelli, Hansen. Schroeder with Booth, Kassian. Richardson with Sestito, Weise.
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 16, 2013
These were the lines the Canucks finished with in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The new line centred by Henrik produced the game-tying goal by Higgins and the game-winning by Kesler.
It is not the first time head coach John Tortorella has split up the Sedins. He has done it multiple times midway through games this young season with good results, but has gone back to Sedins on the same line the next game.
Tortorella says even though the Sedins practiced apart, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will start apart against the Sabres.
“I’m not sure what the lines will be [on Thursday] night,” Tortorella said. “I just kept the lines the same as I ended the game last night so we’ll see where we go [on Thursday].”
We look forward to seeing how long this experiment lasts.