Jared McCann to return to Canucks lineup after a night off

 

 
 
 
 
Jared McCann was a healthy scratch for the Canucks win on Friday over Anaheim, but is expected to return to the lineup Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.
 

Jared McCann was a healthy scratch for the Canucks win on Friday over Anaheim, but is expected to return to the lineup Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

Photograph by: Jeff Vinnick, NHLI via Getty Images

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The Canucks have drawn up a plan for rookie centre Jared McCann and it includes lots of faceoff practice.

McCann, who sat out Friday night’s win over the Anaheim Ducks, is expected to be back in the lineup Monday night when the Canucks play host to the Arizona Coyotes.

McCann hopes to win a few faceoffs, something he hasn’t done much of lately. He went 0-for-10 in his last game and 1-for-5 in the game before that. His faceoff percentage is an abysmal 32 per cent.

McCann, the last player off the ice following Sunday’s practice at Rogers Arena, knows it is an area he must improve in.

“I know I need to work on things,” McCann said. “I have had meetings with the coaches and I realize what I need to work on and that is what I am going to do.

“I just need to practice (faceoffs) ... It’s hard to get into a groove sometimes. Some guys are big and strong and just bear down. Other guys are more finesse and try to pick you apart in different ways. You just have to go through the games to kind of pick up on their habits and try to see if you can pick them apart.

“I am not the biggest guy, right, so I have to figure out how I can beat them.”

STILL NOT MILLER TIME: Coach Willie Desjardins said injured goalie Ryan Miller is still a couple of days away from rejoining the team for practices.

Jacob Markstrom will make his fifth straight start Monday night versus Arizona.

The Canucks don’t figure to have winger Brandon Prust for that game. Prust missed Sunday’s practice and Desjardins said he was questionable.

Prust was hurt by what appeared to be a dirty hit by Anaheim centre Ryan Kesler near the benches during Friday night’s game.

Forwards Sven Baertschi (neck) and Brandon Sutter (sports hernia surgery) and defencemen Luca Sbisa (hand) and Dan Hamhuis (facial fractures) are also out of the Vancouver lineup.

SPEEDY RUSSIAN: He is not quite as fast as a speeding bullet, but rookie defenceman Andrey Pedan is the fastest Canuck.

Pedan, wearing a Superman-like cape, won the fastest skater competition at the team’s super skills competition on Saturday and also registered the hardest shot.

“Probably some people are surprised,” said the 6-foot-5 Russian. “I didn’t think I’d beat (Jannik) Hansen. It was pretty exciting. Maybe the cape helped me.”

Pedan won the hardest shot competition with a blast of 102 miles per hour.

“I had a net on my back porch at home (in Moscow), so in the summer I always shot pucks. I never really measured it, so I was pretty excited to see three digits.”

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Jared McCann was a healthy scratch for the Canucks win on Friday over Anaheim, but is expected to return to the lineup Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.
 

Jared McCann was a healthy scratch for the Canucks win on Friday over Anaheim, but is expected to return to the lineup Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

Photograph by: Jeff Vinnick, NHLI via Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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