"[Bulis] is one of our most skilled players," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "But consistency has been an issue and that's where we are with him."
Bulis has three goals and seven points through 14 games this season.
Vigneault took Bulis aside during the morning skate and spent a few minutes talking to the Czech forward along the boards.
"That was a personal conversation between him and I," said Vigneault. "But obviously you know I was pretty specific on what we need him to do. He's a good player and he's going to help us."
"I'm just happy to be back in the lineup."
Salo's return couldn't come too soon. The Canucks have dropped four of their past five games - including a 6-0 loss to the Ducks Thursday - and have just 11 power play goals on the register through 18 games. They'll need Salo to do some heavy lifting in the back end if they're going to beat the division-rival Flames tonight.
"I think all year long we've been out working other teams and then last game was a different story," he said. "I think it's just a matter of us all getting back on the same page and out working the other team."
He had Markus Naslund skating with the Twins on the first unit, while Taylor Pyatt moved alongside Ryan Kesler and Josh Green.
Brendan Morrison, who had anchored Naslund's line for the several games, skated between Trevor Linden and Tommi Santala.
"We're looking for a better showing from [Morrison]," said Vigneault. "He's been an elite player in this here league for a long time. And I know the injury is still bothering him a little bit, but he should be a better performer than what he's done so far."
"We need him - there's no doubt that we need him every night that we play to be a consistent offensive player on this team."
Rypien was back, but re-injured his thumb in a fight.
"His hand didn't hold up and now he's back to 50 per cent of what he was before," said Vigneault. "So he's not coming up."