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LATEST | Important line up changes: Andrei Kuzmenko back in

Published December 23, 2023 at 12:02
BY OWEN FULLERTON
     
It's been a rough second NHL season for Andrei Kuzmenko after the Russian winger exploded onto the scene last season with 39 goals.

The 27 year old has put up decent offensive numbers with 17 points in 29 games, but he's well back of his pace from last season and has been in head coach Rick Tocchet's doghouse for much of the season, winding up as a healthy scratch 5 times including the last two Canucks games.

Tonight it appears Kuzmenko will draw back into the lineup, and based on morning line rushes, Tocchet will even be giving the forward a shot on the top line with Elias Pettersson and Ilya Mikheyev.




Phillip Di Giuseppe looks to be the healthy scratch up front for the Canucks, with Mark Friedman sitting on the blueline.

The Canucks welcome the league worst Sharks to Rogers Arena at 7 PM local time tonight, it will be their final game before Christmas.
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LATEST | Important line up changes: Andrei Kuzmenko back in

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