CANUCKS RECALL BLIZNAK
The Canucks look for further reinforcements to help out their injury riddled squad by calling up centre Mario Bliznak.
Bliznak, 22, has recorded 5 points (2-3-5) in 13 games with the Moose this season. Last season with the Moose, Bliznak recorded 16 points (7-9-16) in 64 games played.
The 6’0”, 192 lbs. native of Trencin, Slovakia, was originally selected by Vancouver 205th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Top point getter in Manitoba, Sergei Shirokov, has been re-assigned to the Moose. Shirokov leads the Moose in goals and points (4-6-10) notching on average a point per game.
TEAM TAKES ANOTHER HIT
The Canuck have been dealt their fare share of injuries and then some early this season and last night while two players returned another one went down. That makes it the clubs tenth injury in a season only four weeks old.
Manitoba Moose call up Alexandre Bolduc, 24, appeared to have injured his left shoulder/arm during the second period. Bolduc walked out of the arena with his arm in a sling and is expected not to play tonight.
At 6’1” and 178 lbs. the Montreal Quebec native netted 12 goals and 21 (12-21-33) assists in 63 games with Manitoba last season.
Bolduc joins Roberto Luongo (Rib), Daniel Sedin (foot), Jannik Hasen (hand), Pavol Demitra (shoulder), Ryan Johnson and Kyle Wellwood (toe) on the teams growing list of sidelined players.
On a positive note, the team soldiered on and pounded out a ‘greasy’ road win with backup Andrew Raycroft between the pipes.
Raycroft made 30 saves last night against the Kings letting only one goal squeeze past him. With his solid performance, it’s expected he’ll get another start tonight in Anaheim.
Head coach Alain Vigneault juggled his lines last night moving defenceman Aaron Rome up on the wing with Rick Rypien and Tanner Glass and reuniting Alex Burrows with Henrik Sedin, while scratching Darcy Hordichuk and Shane O’Brien. Check back later today for expected lines.
CANUCKS AND DUCKS
The Canucks round out their two game back-to-back road trip tonight against the Ducks. The clubs fresh off a 2-1 road win yesterday against Los Angeles improving their record to 7-6-0.
Meanwhile, the struggling Ducks are 3-6-1 this season, their latest losing coming at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night.
Last season the Canucks went 2-0-2 against Anaheim.
Puck Drops at 7 PST.