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Vigneault Challenging Core Players

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So...you say the Vancouver crowd is not loud enough and then you achieve a -3 against Phoenix? So...does a chorus of boo's count as noise?
So...you say the Vancouver crowd is not loud enough and then you achieve a -3 against Phoenix? So...does a chorus of boo's count as noise?

From Jason Botchford at the Province:

....Vigneault then named names — those whose games are "not exactly where (they) need to be."

Vigneault rolled out Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Manny Malhotra and Roberto Luongo. It should be noted here Malhotra is out indefinitely because of a personal issue.

"All of their games are a little bit off," Vigneault said. "It's a challenge for us right now. It's a good challenge. It's a challenge that should make this group stronger and better.

"I'm confident they are going to hit it head on and get back to what we're all about.

"It's not easy for them because their game isn't where we need it to be. It makes it more interesting as far as being able to influence and push buttons in the dressing room."


AV also mentioned that it was interesting how as soon as Alexandre Burrows was pulled off the top line that the Sedins put up points. The article hints at Mason Raymond staying on the top line. It also vaguely hints at Cory Schneider getting the start on Saturday and maybe more. AV states the obvious that the Sedins were not good defensively against Phoenix.

Read more from Botchford's article here.