VANCOUVER — Center Manny Malhotra is going to return to the Vancouver lineup for tonight’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins at Rogers Arena.
Malhotra is an expert penalty-killer and faceoff man, but that doesn’t mean the Canucks can risk giving the Bruins six power-play opportunities like they did in their 1-0 Game 1 win.
“I know some of the penalties we took in the offensive zone 200 feet from our net, we’d like to stay away from that. I thought a couple of unfortunate calls, like Danny [Sedin’s] four minutes where his stick ends up in Chara’s face there, that’s a long way for a stick to go, but it ended up up there,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault this morning.
“We’re obviously going to try to be better in that area tonight. Hopefully our power play will be more effective, too.”
As bad as the Bruins’ power play has been, one would figure that six chances an evening would give it a chance to finally break out.
While Maholtra will boost the PK, Dan Hamhuis’ absence will hinder it.
Here’s a look at the Vancouver lines and D pairs that will look to limit tonight’s infractions, as per warm-ups:
Burrows-H. Sedin-D. Sedin