If the Vancouver Canucks play Friday like they practised on Thursday, Bo Horvat will skate against the Washington Capitals with his fifth different combination of wingers this season – one for each goal he scored during his team’s first nine games.

It’s the NHL; things change by the shift.

But both Horvat and coach Travis Green were looking forward to less churn this season than last, when the Canucks’ workhorse centre was dared to play with 30 different sets of wingers and finished with 27 goals and 61 points despite the turnstiles on his flanks.

No wonder Green and general manager Jim Benning said before this season that the summer acquisitions of forwards J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland were intended, partly, to provide stability for Horvat.

He hasn’t seen it.