Alex Burrows looked like he had a burr under his saddle. Mikael Samuelsson looked steamed. And Alain Vigneault was trying to play that line juggling art-of-deception card again. All this after one double-overtime playoff loss? You could call it panic, or simply label it planning. "I wouldn't read too much [into] what you saw today on the ice — we'll see what happens tomorrow," Vigneault said after practice Monday. That's exactly what the Vancouver Canucks coach is supposed to say with the opposition scouting the session. Through necessity and familiarity, expect the Presidents' Trophy winners to ice new-look lines Tuesday as they attempt to regain the series lead in their Western Conference seminal with the Nashville Predators. Part of the reasonable rationale is going with what worked all season — re-uniting Burrows with Henrik and Daniel Sedin — and part of it going with altered alignments to address what hasn't been working. Having the struggling Samuelsson line up with Cody Hodgson and Tanner Glass, and Chris Higgins back with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond makes sense. So does Alex Edler supplanting Sameulsson on the first power-play point. Even before the shuffle, the Predators were preaching that making life tough for the Sedins means that Henrik won't snap a playoff goalless funk in Game 3 and Daniel will go four consecutive games without scoring. "You want to make it as hard on them as possible and do the little things to get them off their game," said Predators defenceman Shane O'Brien. "We're not stupid. We know they're going to get their points and we've just got to limit them. I don't think they're scared, but if you get in their faces it makes it harder on them." That seemed to bug Burrows. He has his own string of success against the Predators with three goals during the season series — including two in the third period here to spark a 3-1 win March 29 — and another goal in the 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 2 of this second-round series. "We've responded well against teams that have tried to play us tough," said Burrows. "Obviously, we can make plays through traffic and we're not afraid to get in there and get our noses dirty. If that's their perception of us, that's all right. Danny finished first in scoring and Hank was third, so I don't look you can look too much into that.
Canucks shake up lineup for Game 3
Vancouver Province | May 3