Dan Hamhuis is questionable for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. X-rays were negative but he missed the game day skate from taking a puck to the foot during Sunday’s 5-1 win over Carolina.
Kristin Reid reported that his foot was bothering him and coach Alain Vigneault is “very doubtful” that Hamhuis will play. Hamhuis has missed only five games due to injury in his previous six seasons with Nashville. Five games into the season Hamhuis has one assist, five shots, and six hits.
Ryan Parent will replace him on the blueline. He skated with Kevin Bieksa in Minnesota today.
Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Parent was acquired from the Nashville Predators earlier this month, along with Jonas Andersson in exchange for Shane O’Brien and Dan Gendur. He was drafted 18th overall by Nashville in 2005. Last season, he appeared in 48 games, recording one goal and two assists
Rick Rypien skated but battling with the flu so he will be a game-time decision tonight. Rypien missed most of the preseason with a rib injury suffered in the team’s first game against Calgary September 21.
Peter Schaefer will centre the fourth line, skating with Tanner Glass and Guillaume Desbiens if Rypien cannot go tonight.
Schaefer earned a spot on the roster after coming to training camp on a professional tryout contract. His best season was 2005-2006 when we finished 20-30-50 with the Ottawa Senators.
GAME DAY NOTES
The Canucks are in Minnesota tonight to face the Wild in Xcel Energy Center tonight at 6:00 PST.
The Wild opened their season with a pair of losses in Finland to the Carolina Hurricanes before returning to St. Paul Thursday to win their home opener 4-2 over Edmonton. They go into tonight’s game 1-2-0.
Following Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver is 2-2-1, but is winless on the road.
Last season, Vancouver won the series against the Wild 4-2-0, but were only 1-2-0 at the Xcel Center.
A few Minnesota players are dealing with an undisclosed illness that has swept through the dressing room. This mysterious illness has affected forwards Martin Havlat and Matt Cullen and defenseman Nick Schultz, who are all questionable for tonight.