Vancouver Canucks Coach John Tortorella Calls Fourth Line a “Work in Progress”

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Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella talked about his fourth line on Thursday and called it a “work in progress.”

Tortorella says he’s looking for his fourth line to be better defensively.

“I think the most important thing is being responsible away from the puck, so it allows me to have confidence to put them on more,” he said.

“Sometimes it depends what the other coach is doing as far as his lines. I’m not a big guy that matches all the time, but I certainly look at those types of situations what the other team is playing as far as players, so I still think it’s a work in progress.”

Based on the lines at practice, the fourth line will be Jeremy Welsh, Zac Dalpe, and Dale Weise against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

“[Welsh] is still trying to find his way,” Tortorella said. “[Dalpe] is getting an opportunity right now, who I think is skating very well. I think he just seems to be quicker, quicker on pucks.

“Weise has struggled on the third line. He’s back [on the fourth line]. Weise’s whole situation is his concentration within the game and staying consistent within the game.”

Prior to being injured, left winger Tom Sestito had been playing some of his best hockey in a Canucks uniform and was much quicker to loose pucks.

“I think [Tom] Sestito has made really good strides,” Tortorella said. “I think it comes down to some conditioning. We’ve done some extra with him as far as conditioning. It worries me that he’s out a little bit now and we’re trying to stay on top of him not to lose his conditioning.

“They don’t get a bunch of minutes,” Tortorella admitted. “I’m trying to find them minutes, but that goes from game to game for me, so we just go day to day with it.”

 

That fourth line will get to show its progress when the Canucks host back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday. Get your Canucks tickets here.

Topics: Dale Weise, Jeremy Welsh, Tom Sesito, Vancouver Canucks, Zac Dalpe

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