ANOTHER PRACTICE DAY
On the fifth day of five days off between games for the Canucks, the news essentially remains the same. The team worked on drills, special teams, and little scrimmaging.
However, Daniel Sedin did skate with the team this morning but indicated he is not likely to dress in Friday's game against the Colorado Avalanche. He is hopeful for a Sunday return to the lineup but isn't confirming a set date.
Sedin has missed 17 games since being sidelined October 7th. He has four assists in hs first four games of the season. This is the first time Sedin has missed significant time during the season with an injury.
With all the practice time the team has had in the past week, it's given head coach Alain Vigneault lots of time to evaluate the players and the team.
"I think [Ryan Kesler] can play both [wing and centre] real well. In our system, the way we play, it's not always the centreman that's down low with the defence in our zone, it's whichever forward is first back. Our forwards have to play no matter what zone we're in and it's usually the first guy out there. I think that he plays real well in both positions and again, it's what the team needs right now and I think the team needed him more on the right side with Hank and if Danny comes back soon, then we'll do what's best for the team."
"[Steve Bernier's] the type of player that needs to have that physical presence and go to the net and disturb the goaltender and hopefully that last game is the start of something positive for him. A lot of guys in that last game, there were a lot more positives than anything else and he's no different. He's one of the guys I feel that the physical dimension that he brings, we need that, we need to finish checks more than what we've been doing. We need to get on the opposition more than we have so far and he's one of those guys that can do that."
"I would say in his last three weeks, [Mason Raymond] been one of our better players at generating offence as far as finishing more and we need some other guys to surprise us also here. I think guys like Alex Edler, in the last couple of games, is finally picking up his game. Last year, we had quite a few surprises, we need those surprises and there's still lots of hockey to be played so I'm pretty confident that will happen for us."
Thursday morning media was in a mild frenzy about the Canucks receiving the H1N1 vaccination prior to being available to the general public.
Here's the official word from Vigneault in his presser following practice:
"It was always our intention that once the vaccine was made available to the public that our players would have the opportunity to take it if they wanted it or not and from my understanding, it has been made available to the public."