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Daniel Sedin likely out again tonight

Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Don’t expect to see Daniel Sedin in the Vancouver lineup tonight when the Canucks and Kings meet for Game 2 at Rogers Arena.

According to The Province, Sedin (concussion) skated by himself this morning, about 90 minutes before the rest of the team practiced.

Coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t (or couldn’t) say if his top scorer will make the trip to Los Angeles for Sunday’s Game 3.

The Canucks are expected to make two line-up changes for Game 2.

First, Andrew Ebbett will replace the suspended Byron Bitz as the fourth-line center.

Second, defenseman Keith Ballard should make his long-awaited return to action, replacing Aaron Rome.

Ballard hasn’t played since Feb. 7 due to a concussion, but says he’s “all cleared and ready to go.”

Vigneault hasn’t confirmed Ballard is in, but according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji, “it seems quite obvious he is.”

So what kind of Canucks team can we expect to see tonight?

“I think our main concern tonight is going to be stay out of the [penalty] box and keep the game flowing,” said Ryan Kesler.

Related: Canucks coach Vigneault to address chirping, other nonsense

  1. kitshky - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    He was going to play when he saw the Hawks tie it up, but when they ended up losing he thought he might as well keep the charade up…

    (ok ok it’s getting old)

  2. warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Meanwhile Duncan Keith will happily play in game 2 and game 3 unless some cretin throws an elbow through his chin. :P

    I’m a bit surprised about Ballard. I didn’t expect to see him back with the team already behind the ball on the series. He takes dumb penalties and makes plays in traffic that sometimes give the impression that he thinks he’s Paul Coffy (hint: he’s not). But at the same time, he can move the puck, is the only defencemen who regularly goes all-in to block shots and can generally play well against the opposition a #5,6 defenceman draws.

    • kitshky - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      I got a good feeling about Ballard tonight … which of course means nothing. Here’s to hopin the Ballard that’s been a top4 Dman his entire career shows up and not the guy afraid to be himself.

      • cableguymike - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        We need this Ballard.

        http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=112038

      • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Well, those hip checks of his are pretty freakin’ awesome. It’s too bad that they’ll probably draw clipping calls now for how devastating they look, but they’re usually textbook.

        He’s one of the few defencemen left in the league who can skate fast enough in this era to pull off such an old-school check.

  3. salmon90 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Guys don’t be so harsh on Keith. As Shanny said he’s not a repeat offender.

    • cableguymike - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Nope. Not a repeat offender.

  4. bergeronforselke - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Hitting Matt Cooke in the head is not considered an offense…..how does Hulk Hogan keep getting good seats…saw him there on the glass in the back of the scrum

    • warpstonebc - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Hulk Hogan gets good seats because the NHL is okay with becoming the WWF on ice. Why else would a good guy like Weber turnbuckle a guy? :P

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    I am happy for Toews back playing and symtom free of any headaches but I am by no means a Hawk Fan. What really annoys me is the fact Keith is playing hockey right now when the Hawks need him and Daniel Sedin is still out and no time frame when he will be back. The 5 game suspension what Keith got was a NHL joke. The League is trying to eliminate head shots and this is all the hit to the head of the year gets.

    I am new on this site but why is their talk about Weber and Hulk Hogan and Matt Cooke on this tread? Just asking.

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