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Canucks’ Tanev (ankle) ‘very, very, very doubtful’ for first game of playoffs

Apr 26, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Injured Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev (ankle) is “very, very, very doubtful” to be ready for the first game of the playoffs, according to Vancouver assistant coach Rick Bowness (per TSN’s Farhan Lalji).

Tanev, 23, played an average of 17:17 in 38 games this season. If the steady, young blue-liner can’t go, head coach Alain Vigneault will have an interesting decision to make.

The top four is a given: Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, and Jason Garrison.

The bottom pairing could be veterans Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts, but Vigneault also now has the option to dress 20-year-old rookie Frank Corrado, who’s acquitted himself rather well in two games since being called up on Monday.

Like Tanev, Corrado is a right-handed shot. (Though unlike Tanev, Corrado spent most of the season in the OHL.)

Bieksa is the only other right-shooting defenseman on the roster.

Cam Barker is also available.

Related: Bieksa also has a ‘body injury’

  1. canucks30 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Ballard and Corrado makes sense as a third pair since Corrado plays a similar game to Tanev.

    Then again, this is Alain Vigneault we’re talking about so look for Ballard to sit in the press box.

  2. steverolley - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    That’s OK AV will be creative like he always is

    He’ll play Ballard on the wing, Kesler on the Wing, and of course he’ll play Ebbett everywhere all the time. He’ll keep the Sedins together no matter what (even if other teams are loading up to stop them and they have no points… their staying together). Kassian will either be top line or not playing, no in between. Garrison will be 2nd power play, I don’t care how many times Edler misses the net, Garrison is 2nd PP.

    And of course in goal its Schneider, unless he losses 1 game then its Lou.

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