The Vancouver Canucks have their own lineup infusion imminent for Game 3, though it is a reintroduction of both scoring prowess and toughness, not merely the latter.
Wingers Mikael Samuelsson and Raffi Torres are expected to be in the lineup against the Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday night, after both missed time thanks to various stages of illness.
For Torres, it was a bad order of steak and crab that did him in. For Samuelsson, it was a bout with the flu that cost him a spot in Game 2. Samuelsson offers the biggest impact, a second-line winger who posted 50 points in the regular season and who is a plus-25 in 82 career playoff games.
"I don’t know what to compare it to, but...I feel good now," Samuelsson said after the team's morning skate. "Ready to go tonight."
Said Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa: "He's a big part of our team, he's definitely a leader in the dressing room and on the ice. He has a lot of poise with the puck out there and that's contagious at times. He holds onto the puck and makes plays and we're a better team when he's in the lineup."
As for Torre, he has yet to appear in this series but brings an element of grit and toughness, as well as 30 games of playoff experience should he take the ice for Game 3.
"The main thing is I knew I'd be able to get a chnce to play in the series," Torres said. "It is a physical game, a game I like to watch and play. It'll be exciting... I gotta be smart about it. It's been a while since I played. Just keep them short early, whatever shifts I get and try to be smart about it."
Said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault: "Raffi is an experienced combatant. He's played a lot of games. A lot of energy, a lot of emotion, but very disciplined."
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