Canucks shift into fourth gear

GUTS MCTAVISH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Well, Friday's 6-1 victory over the Sharks went a long way to “Febreezing” the stink that hung around Rogers Arena after the Hawks debacle the weekend before.


Coming into the season Canucks management sold us on how deep this team needed to be.

Half of the off-season acquisitions were aimed at strengthening the third and fourth lines.
 Mission accomplished – well, half of it. The third line's never looked better. Unfortunately, the fourth line has never looked worse.


That seemed to change versus the Sharks after AV shuffled the lines, giving the illusion of instant depth throughout the lineup.


This is no longer a trio league. If you want a solid line it's in your best interest to put two talented forwards together and promote a third capable player to reap the benefits. Hello Jeff Tambellini. 
With the fourth line getting a season high 10 minutes of ice time Vigneault for the first time this season had the luxury of rolling out all four lines versus a Sharks team that found themselves reverting back to their all-their-eggs-in-one-basket line of Heatley, Thornton and Marleau.


The question I'd like to see answered is how deep could the fourth line be if the club ever decided to bring Hodgson up?



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