Daniel Sedin is in, Alex Burrows is out and Ryan Kesler will be a game-time decision for the Vancouver Canucks as they return to the ice today against the NHL bottom-feeding Buffalo Sabres.

Daniel's return from a hamstring injury suffered three weeks ago coincides with Burrows's departure from the lineup. The hard-luck Burrows suffered a left thumb injury Wednesday when slashed by Nashville Predator captain Shea Weber. Burrows has already missed significant time – 32 games – with a fractured foot and jaw.

Canuck head coach John Tortorellla said Burrows is “day-to-day”, although GM Mike Gillis indicated Friday the outlook for Burrows "wasn't very good.” In any case, Daniel will step right into Burrows's spot on the top line with brother Henrik and exciting rookie Nicklas Jensen. Daniel made it through a second straight practice Saturday without mishap and is good to go. (The Canucks did not have a morning skate today due to the 5 p.m. start time.)

Vancouver remains five points out of a playoff spot after the eighth-place Phoenix Coyotes fell 4-2 Saturday night to the Boston Bruins. The Canucks are also three behind ninth-place Dallas, which defeated Ottawa 3-1 Saturday.

“The two practices were good so I'm excited,” said Daniel, who will attempt to snap his horrific 22-goal famine against the Sabres.

Kesler, meanwhile, looked briefly to have suffered a setback to his sprained right knee when the knee buckled during a routine drill 10 minutes into Saturday's practice. Kesler left the ice in a huff, swatting a water bottle on his way out, but quickly returned and finished the practice without further incident. Kesler then claimed all was well. He has missed four games with the injury.