The Canucks are without the services of second-line center Ryan Kesler, who is still recovering from offseason surgery. The date of Kesler's return remains uncertain.
Winger David Booth is also out with an injury. Both players were expected to be key contributors to Vancouver's offense and provide secondary scoring.
Vancouver needs its second line to be productive as it cannot only rely on the Sedin twins to score goals.
Alex Burrows has been playing center on the second line for now while the wings on either side of him have been changing on a game-by-game basis.
The Canucks are a talented team, but if they hope to repeat as Presidents' Trophy winners and win their first-ever Stanley Cup, they need consistent secondary scoring.
Henrik Sedin summed it up well in a recent interview when he said (Ed Willes, The Province), "We're missing two big pieces [Kesler and Booth] right now. We're a team that wants to roll four lines and, over the course of a long season, you need guys playing where they've comfortable. We think we've got a good team when we have everyone back."