Vancouver Canucks ‘Vrbat-trick’ Secures 5-2 Win: 3 Takeaways

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Dec 7, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhard (23) goes down against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and forward Derek Dorsett (15) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Played a New 2nd Line

The Vancouver Canucks have a talented second line with McCann and Vrbata that only needs another scoring winger, right? Right?! Well, Willie Desjardins may have different plans.

Subtracting power play time, the Canucks’ time on ice leaders versus Buffalo were Brandon Prust, Adam Cracknell and Derek Dorsett, who all got to skate for around 15 minutes. Obviously, the first line around Henrik and Daniel would have had more ice time on even strength if it hadn’t been for the team’s six power plays, but it is still surprising. Prust, Cracknell and Dorsett are supposed to be the fourth line but got more ice time than Higgins, McCann and Vrbata. What are you up to, Willie D?

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It is hard to imagine that things are going to stay this way, but the fourth line has been getting an incredibly large amount of ice time lately, even when the team was trailing. Prust said “thank you Willie” by scoring his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck and adding an assist. As long as it works, who am I to question it.