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Luongo back on ice; Canucks call up Corrado

Monday, 12.30.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Luongo back on ice; Canucks call up Corrado

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was back on the ice Monday morning after a suspected groin injury forced him out of a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 22.

Luongo wasn't made available to the media after his hour-long skate and isn't expected to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night, but looked fine running through a series of movement and recovery drills with goaltending coach Roland Melanson. He pushed off both legs on his skates and from his knees, dropping into and lifting up out of the butterfly while stopping shots.

Joacim Eriksson, called up from the American Hockey League after Luongo was hurt, was also on the ice and remained on the roster. He is expected to back up Eddie Lack, who improved to 7-2-0 with an 18-save, 2-0 shutout win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Vancouver did call up rookie defenseman Frank Corrado from Utica of the AHL on Monday morning after Andrew Alberts was knocked out of the game on Sunday by a high hit from Calgary forward Brian McGrattan. Alberts joins Alexander Edler (right knee) and Ryan Stanton (left ankle) on the sidelines, though Edler, who was hurt in a game on Dec. 3, was among four players who skated Monday.

Corrado, who played three regular-season games in 2012-13 and four more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after his junior season ended, has two goals and five points in 29 AHL games this season. His season debut with the Canucks won't be easy against a Flyers team that scored 27 goals while going 5-1-1 in the past seven games.

Philadelphia is not expected to make any lineup changes coming off a 4-3 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

"We got a lot of depth on our team and we're playing well lines one through four," said Wayne Simmonds, who has scored two goals in each of his past three games, becoming the first Flyer to do so since Reggie Leach in 1981. "We just have to keep it up."

Here are the rest of the expected lines for the Flyers and Canucks:

FLYERS

Michael RafflClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Scott HartnellBrayden SchennWayne Simmonds

Matt ReadSean CouturierVincent Lecavalier

Steve DownieAdam HallZac Rinaldo

Braydon CoburnKimmo Timonen

Mark StreitNicklas Grossmann

Luke SchennAndrej Meszaros

Steve Mason

Ray Emery

Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Hal Gill, Chris VandeVelde

Injured: Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion), Erik Gustafsson (knee)

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Mike Santorelli

David Booth - Brad Richardson - Zack Kassian

Tom Sestito - Zac Dalpe - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Christopher Tanev

Jason Garrison - Kevin Bieksa

Yannick WeberFrank Corrado

Eddie Lack

Joacim Eriksson

Scratched: Jeremy Welsh

Injured: Andrew Alberts (upper body), Roberto Luongo (lower body), Ryan Stanton (left ankle sprain), Alexander Edler (right knee), Alexandre Burrows (broken jaw), Jordan Schroeder (sprained ankle)

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres