The National Hockey League kicks off the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs with three games:
- Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, 4:30 p.m. PDT on TSN
- Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 5 p.m. PDT on Hockey Night in Canada
- Los Angeles Kings at Vancouver Canucks, 7:30 p.m. PDT on Hockey Night in Canada
Even before the Canucks took to the ice for the morning skate, news leaked that winger Daniel Sedin will not play. A Swedish newspaper spoke to Daniel's father, Tommy Sedin, and he revealed his son experienced headaches after taking part in full practice on Monday.
Sedin did not skate with the scratches or with the main group Tuesday morning. At his media availability, Alain Vigneault announced Daniel would sit out Game 1.
"There is nothing new to report. Obviously he's not going to play tonight," Vigneault said before adding there has been no setback.
With Daniel out, Mason Raymond will skate on the top line with Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows. The Canucks lineup tonight will be:
Mason Raymond - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
David Booth - Ryan Kesler - Maxim Lapierre
Chris Higgins - Samuel Pahlsson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Byron Bitz - Zack Kassian
Dan Hamhuis - Chris Tanev
Alex Edler - Kevin Bieksa
Aaron Rome - Sami Salo
Defenceman Keith Ballard appears to be close to returning to the lineup as he took part in the morning skate with the main group as opposed to with the black aces (Andrew Alberts, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Aaron Volpatti, and Dale Weise) who took to the ice before the main group.
On the Los Angeles Kings side, based on their lines at the morning skate, the team will have Jeff Carter in the lineup. Carter had missed the last five games of the regular season with a bruised bone in his ankle. The Kings lineup tonight will be:
Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner - Jarret Stoll - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Jordan Nolan
Rob Scuderi - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene
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