Andrew Alberts rejoins Vancouver Canucks against Phoenix Coyotes

Big, bruising defenceman Andrew Alberts will be back in the Canucks lineup tonight for only the fourth time this season.

The 32-year-old veteran is lacing up the skates at Rogers Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes because starting blueliner Alex Edler is out with a knee injury.

Alberts, who stands 6'5", began his NHL career in Boston in 2005, playing three years for the Bruins before moving to Philadelphia in 2008.

He joined the Canucks in 2009, racking up 87 penalty minutes in 76 games while scoring a career-high three goals.

The Canucks are one point behind the Coyotes in the Pacific Division, though Phoenix has two games in hand.

That makes this an important match from the Canucks' perspective as they begin a five-game home stand that ends next Saturday (December 14) against Alberts's former team, the Bruins.

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