Preseason Game #4 Preview: Coyotes @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
September 23 2013 03:24PM


The posse is getting back together.

Who says nothing happens in the preseason? Last time out, the Canucks dropped their 3rd straight preseason game, but more importantly, Zack Kassian and Dale Weise got into some trouble, and Jordan Schroeder blocking a shot.

While all of that certainly provided us with a handful of new things to discuss, I'm sure most fans would be just fine with a rather uneventful showing tonight. This marks the 4th of 6 preseason games for the Canucks, as the Coyotes come to town.

Read on past the jump for a look at tonight's expected lineup, and some other news and notes. 

Broadcast Info:

Puck-Drop: 7 PM PST

Television: Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: Team 1040

Setup:

L1:Sedin-Sedin-Kassian(*)

L2:Higgins-Kesler-Burrows

L3: Shinkaruk-Richardson-Hansen

L4: Weise(*)-Santorelli-Sestito

P1: Garrison-Bieksa

P2: Edler-Tanev

P3: Alberts-Weber

In net: Roberto Luongo, Eddie Lack

(*) At the time we posted this, we still hadn't received word on the status of Kassian and Weise. Well, we now know that they've both been suspended for the remainder of the preseason. No word yet on who fills in for them, but we do know that Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat skated as extras during the morning skate this morning.

Either way, there's no doubt that this incarnation of the lineup is the most competitive one we've seen this preseason. In fact, this version of the Canucks could be very similar to what we'll see on October 3rd, with the exception of a few names.

A few notable names are missing still, but we don't have an update on their statuses, unfortunately. Jordan Schroeder's foot, Nicklas Jensen's "upper body injury", and David Booth's groin are all still up in the air. Also, Dan Hamhuis will sit this one out with "overall body soreness". 

The Coyotes didn't get the memo, apparently, as they're sitting veterans like Doan, Ribeiro, Michalek, and Mike Smith. They'll be going with former San Jose Sharks #2 Thomas Greiss in net. All is not lost for people attending the game though, as Gilbert Brule makes his triumphant return to Vancouver! This past summer's first round pick, Max Domi, is also expected to play.

Finally, the Canucks sent 4 more guys down to Utica, as they're getting closer and closer to having their opening night roster set. The casualties this time around were Joe Cannata, Patrick Mullen, Benn Ferriero, and Canucks Army favourite, Yann Sauve.

We'll probably provide some commentary on Twitter throughout the game, so I encourage you to follow along.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 NM00
September 23 2013, 03:30PM
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On the bright side, perhaps a Kassian suspension allows Burrows to slot back in with the Sedins.

One scoring line is better than none.

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#2 Ted
September 23 2013, 04:48PM
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NM00 wrote:

On the bright side, perhaps a Kassian suspension allows Burrows to slot back in with the Sedins.

One scoring line is better than none.

Yeah. You're right as usual, genius. I guess we can't ever try and develop anything else and even trying to have anyone else play with the Sedins is useless. Yep, you're right. At the ripe old age of 22, Kassian is a write off.

Man how I love your posts, Captain Steaming Coiler.

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#3 NM00
September 23 2013, 04:58PM
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@Ted

Glad you're having a good time Ted.

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#4 BrudnySeaby
September 23 2013, 05:06PM
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I hope Shinkaruk get's a shot at playing with the Sedins all night. Maybe Gaunce could play with Kesler and Burrows to see how he acquits himself while Horvat could then centre Higgins and Hansen. Give the young guys a final shot before really cementing the regular season starting line-up. Richardson-Santorelli-Sestito can do 4th line duty.

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#5 BrandonC
September 23 2013, 08:43PM
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@NM00

Why do people keep assuming you're an Oilers fan?

Wait, are you an Oilers fan?

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#6 NM00
September 23 2013, 09:22PM
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@BrandonC

I'm a Canuck fan...just not in Ted's opinion :)

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#7 Ted
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NM00 wrote:

I'm a Canuck fan...just not in Ted's opinion :)

And he's a moron. That's not opinion but fact.

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#8 NM00
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@Ted

Allow the stress to release from your body gradually...

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