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Scenes from morning skate: Canucks trying Jack Studnicka out at third line centre vs. Sharks
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The Canucks aren’t changing their lineup too much from the one that led them to a 6-7 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, but they are rewarding one player who made a positive impact in that game.
Here’s what we saw (on Twitter since we didn’t make the trip out to San Jose) from Canucks morning skate:
As mentioned, the Canucks’ lineup remains unchanged for the most part. Riley Stillman tallied two assists in Monday night’s win, and just a day after he was called up, Christian Wolanin was sent back to the AHL, meaning Stillman and Burroughs will continue their platoon act on the left side of the Canucks’ third pairing.
The only change to tonight’s lineup is that Sheldon Dries is out and Jack Studnicka will centre a line with Andrei Kuzmenko and Conor Garland.
That line was effective in the win over Montreal, so it will be interesting to see how Dries coming out and Studnicka slotting in affects their fortune. Dakota Joshua, who’s been out since Saturday with a minor injury, is back in the lineup tonight.
After getting pulled after allowing four goals in the first period on Monday, expect Spencer Martin to get the start again tonight.
What was said
Bruce Boudreau spoke about Jack Studnicka going into the lineup as a centre tonight.
“Well he’s a natural centreman, and we have to give him reps at it to get better, so we’ll see how that goes,” said Boudreau. “He sneakily gets you chances. Before he got hurt he scored a goal and then his first game back he had that good opportunity and the goal called back and he made a good offensive play for the goal last game.
“The book on him is he’s got an offensive mind, and he just hasn’t really had the opportunity to do it on a regular basis since junior.”
“Big Jack Stud” as Wyatt Arndt dubbed him in the last Stanchies, will get a great opportunity to show his offensive chops with Kuzmenko and Garland on his wings tonight against the Sharks.
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM Pacific tonight from the SAP Center in San Jose.
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