April 18, 2012 5:30 pm

Scouting the Canucks

This is Game 4 in the best-of-seven, first-round playoff series between the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings hold a 3-0 series lead. Daniel Sedin, a 30-goal scorer in the regular season, is expected to return to the Canucks’ lineup tonight and play for the first time since March 21. That’s when Sedin suffered a concussion that cost him the final nine games of the regular season and the first three games of this season. Sedin figures to give Vancouver’s power play a boost at a critical time, given that the Canucks are 0-for-14 on the power play in this season. Sedin scored 10 power-play goals during the regular season. At even strength, the Canucks will have a new-look first line, with Daniel and Henrik Sedin alongside David Booth. The Canucks are also staying with Cory Schneider in goal, after Schneider’s 19-save effort in a 1-0 loss in Game 3. Byron Bitz is eligible to play again, after his two-game suspension for his hit on Kyle Clifford, but is expected to be a healthy scratch, and the Canucks aren’t expected to make any change on defense. For the latest on the Canucks, check out the coverage from the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun, followed by the possible lineups for the Canucks and the Kings…

The Vancouver Province’s Canucks coverage

The Vancouver Sun’s Canucks coverage

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CANUCKS LINEUP
Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-David Booth
Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Alexandre Burrows
Chris Higgins-Samuel Pahlsson-Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra-Maxim Lapierre-Zack Kassian

Dan Hamhuis-Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler-Sami Salo
Keith Ballard-Christopher Tanev

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo

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KINGS LINEUP
Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dwight King-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis
Brad Richardson-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell-Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

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