DANIEL MAKING STRIDES IN HIS RETURN
As the Canucks battle through the onslaught of injuries, things are started to look up as the team’s top goal scorer is getting set to make his return.
Daniel, who has missed the last 14 games with a broken foot, has been skating on his own and flew into Dallas Saturday night to join the team for the remaining three games of their five game road trip.
With no clear timeline Daniel is hopeful to suit up late this week either in Detroit on Thursday or in Colorado on Saturday.
Today Daniel did not practice with the team; instead, he worked out off ice and did treatments.
"It felt good," said Daniel. "I'm a little rusty because I've been in a cast for four weeks, so the left foot is unstable. But I might as well skate with the team and see how it goes.”
“I'm going to take it day by day. It's still early and we don't want to take any chances, but if everything feels good then it shouldn't be a problem. The foot is pretty safe, but if I take another shot there, there's a chance I could break it again."
"It's going to take a while for him to get back into game shape," said line mate and twin brother Henrik Sedin. "He hasn't practiced with the team and in a game there's less time out there."
Henrik, who has played alongside Daniel his entire career, has clearly missed having his brother on the ice, but more importantly he’s proved the two capable of playing without one another collecting five goals and seven assists (5-7-12) in 14 games.
"I got points, but I didn't play the way I wanted to a lot of times," explained Henrik. The production was there, but my game wasn't where I wanted it to be."
"Every night, he cried himself to sleep," joked Henrik. "We've played together so long I knew he would do pretty good, but it would be different without me.”
Captain Roberto Luongo, who also made the trip while recovering from a hair line fracture to his rib, took to the ice today with goalie coach Ian Clark. While there’s no clear timeline set for his return Luongo is hopeful he’ll see game action late this week before the team wraps up their road trip.
Luongo has been sidelined for six games after taking a shot in the seam of his chest protector Oct. 24 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Along with recovering from a rib injury, Luongo has also reportedly come down with the flu.
"He started not feeling well yesterday, so he just stayed at the hotel today,” said Alain Vigneault.
“We'll see how he's doing tomorrow and if he's better, he might practice with us. If he's not doing well, then we'll fly him in later on to St. Louis."
Steve Bernier, who has also been battling the flu, is likely to suit up Tuesday against St. Louis. Bernier practiced alongside Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows today bumping defenceman Kevin Bieksa back to defence with Willie Mitchell.
Jannik Hansen, who has yet to play a game this season after dropping the gloves with Edmonton’s Gilbert Brule and breaking three fingers in the process, has started skating with the team and is now working on getting his legs back into form before sliding into the line up.Lines in practice: