Mason Raymond was injured in Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and his Vancouver Canucks, and with news that his compressed vertebrae injury will keep him out for three to four weeks, it's obvious that Alain Vigneault needs to replace him in the lineup for a decisive Stanley Cup Finals Game 7.
It appears as though the responsibility will fall on forward Jeff Tambellini, as officially reported by Dan Rosen of NHL.com. Tambellini will jump into the lineup, having only played five games to date in the postseason. He has played three games in the Finals, however: Games 1, 2 and 3 of the series.
It'll be tough for Tambellini to totally replace Raymond, who played an average of about 16 minutes per game in the five Finals games he completed. Tambellini, by comparison, played just 2:30 in Game 1 and 5:50 in Game 2, both at Rogers Arena.
It's possible Raymond is replaced via more of a committee, with Tambellini taking shifts on the second line and a guy like Chris Higgins filling in a bit too. Higgins played most of Game 6 in Raymond's place after the injury. We won't know exactly what's going on with the spot until game time, since Vigneault surely isn't talking. All we know for sure is that Tambellini will be in the lineup for Game 7.
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