Mason Raymond missed his third consecutive practice, taking another maintenance day for his hand. Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis skated alone before the rest of the team but did not participate in team drills.
There is still no definite word on their status for Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
Roberto Luongo gave the media something to write about when he left the ice in the middle of practice after taking a puck to the leg but returned to finish drills with the team.
Andrew Alberts returned to practice, after tweaking his knee in Tuesday's game and missing Wednesday's practice.
“I’m feeling good, everything went well today,” he said. “I had an MRI yesterday, everything was negative. Today was the first day so I’ll see how everything responds tomorrow.”
Last year, Alberts joined the Canucks mid-season when he was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline.
“When he came to us you could see a lot of good things,” said Bowness. “But what happened was that everyone focused on the mistakes. If he had ten good shifts and two bad shifts, all anyone wanted to talk about was the two bad shifts.”
“Sometimes you have to look past that, and see all the good things that he can bring to the table. So right now we’re seeing all the good things he did last year. That no one took the time to notice, because they were so wrapped up one or two mistakes.
”I see the best players in this league making mistakes. Norris trophy winners make mistakes, coughing up the puck, that happens, it’s hockey, it’s a game of mistakes.”
In nine games this year, Alberts has matched last year’s point total (1-1-2). He currently leads the team in hits (30), including the seven he made Tuesday against Colorado.
Alberts improved play earned him 21:43 of ice time Tuesday, third highest on the team and is averaging 16:16 a game for the season.