Stanley Cup Finals: Vancouver Canucks Make Lineup Changes for Game 7
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are expecting to only make one lineup change for tonight's epic Game 7 against the Boston Bruins.
Mason Raymond is out with a broken back suffered in Game 6, so Jeff Tambellini is drawing back into the lineup.
Tambellini is a fast, two way forward who played in the Canucks wins in Games 1 and 2, and then was sat with the return of Manny Malhotra.
Tambellini knows full well how important tonight's game is. He grew up in Vancouver, and was around the 1994 Canucks team that made it to Game 7 before losing to the New York Rangers. His dad, Steve Tambellini, was an executive with the Canucks then, and now is the General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers.
Speaking with Ben Kuzma of the Province newspaper, Tambellini discussed how role players can step up and make a difference on hockey's biggest stage:
"I watched Max Talbot do it and Mike Rupp. It takes everything. We're going to find a way to get it done."
Where Tambellini plays is a bit of mystery.
He could start on the wing in place of the injured Raymond, or head coach Alain Vigneault might chose to promote Jannik Hansen or Raffi Torres from the third line and place Tambellini there instead.
In all likelyhood, he will start with Kesler, as they played together earlier in the season. But expect Vigneault to shuffle his lines, double-shifting whoever is playing best at the moment.
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Jeff Tambellini
Raffi Torres - Maxim Lapierre - Jannik Hansen
Tanner Glass - Manny Malhotra - Victor Oreskovich
On defence, there should not be any changes. Alberts and Edler both missed time in Game 6, but Vigneault confirmed they would play tonight. The injured Dan Hamhuis didn't take the morning skate, so he definitely won't draw into the lineup.
Christian Ehrhoff - Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo - Alex Edler
Chris Tanev - Andrew Alberts
And in goal, the Canucks will definitely be starting Roberto Luongo.
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