Report: Canucks' Brad Richardson out for Game 4; 2 of Vey, Baertschi, McMillan will play

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 07:35PM

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Vancouver Canucks center Brad Richardson, who has been holding down a third-line role for the Canucks in their opening round series against the Calgary Flames since returning from a nagging foot injury, will not be in the lineup for Tuesday night's Game 4, according to a report from TSN's Farhan Lalji.

The veteran center was not out for the warmup skate, and it seems likely that Linden Vey will replace him - and not Alex Burrows as was reported earlier in the day. Meanwhile it looks like Sven Baertschi will play (UPDATE: or maybe it'll be Brandon McMillan with the twins?).

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Report: Canucks' Linden Vey expected to replace Burrows vs. Flames in Game 4

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 04:34PM

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Willie Desjardins is loyal to his players. Sometimes to a fault, as he himself has admitted.

With Alex Burrows out of the Canucks lineup for Game 4 with what's reported to be a broken rib injury sustained a Tuesday's game-day skate, it was assumed that recently recalled forward Sven Baertschi might draw into the Canucks lineup. That won't be the case though. 

Instead Linden Vey is expected to make his playoff debut in Game 4, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

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Canucks recall Sven Baertschi

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 10:58AM

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The Vancouver Canucks need goals. They need more of an offensive push from all over their lineup. They need Sven.

On Tuesday the club announced the recall of forward Sven Baertschi from the AHL's Utica Comets. Based on the timing of the recall - immediately before the club takes to the ice for the game-day skate on Tuesday - we can assume that he's in Calgary, and prepared to go in Game 4 if the Canucks decide they need him.

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for instigating late fight with Kris Russell

Thomas Drance
April 20 2015 11:12AM

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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).

Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Canucks' Edler, Bieksa expected to play in Game 3 vs. Flames Sunday

Thomas Drance
April 19 2015 07:41PM

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They'll play, you know they'll play... Are we pulling that one out too soon? Definitely.

Despite missing the morning skate, Vancouver Canucks defensemen Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa appear as if they'll be in the lineup for Sunday night's crucial Game 3 of the preliminary round series between Vancouver and the Calgary Flames, according to TSN's Farhan Lalji.

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