It's been exactly 12 weeks since Andrew Ebbett injured his collar bone and after missing 36 games, he's ready to return to the lineup tonight against the Flames.
Ebbett's appeared in 14 games with the Canucks and with five points (4-1-5), has already matched his point total from the 33 games he played last season with the Coyotes.
"It's been tough sitting and watching the guys play for 12 weeks," he said. "I'm definitely going to enjoy this if I get in tonight. It'll be a lot of butterflies here off the start but I'm excited."
With just four games remaining, Ebbett will get a chance to find his role in the lineup and get some game action in before the post-season and give the coaches just one more option on a very full roster.
"I think it's huge, it's a chance for me to prove I can play in the playoffs. It's tough if I didn't get these games in, who knows if I'd get that chance in the playoffs so it's kind of like a dress rehearsal here for the next week to week and a half to get back out there, to get up to speed with the guys and prove that I can help the team again."
He was medically cleared Wednesday and will skate alongside Manny Malhotra and Zack Kassian tonight. Dale Weise will sit.
The defence from last night's game will remain intact.
READY TO GO
Cory Schneider made a surprise start Friday after taking the warmup, which appeared that he would be the backup. Roberto Luongo woke up with neck soreness and made the decision to sit out against the Ducks.
"I think I woke up feeling a bit funny yesterday and tried to get as loose as I could for the game but didn't feel comfortable enough to make a contribution," Luongo said following a skate Saturday morning. "It was a tough call and if it was a couple years ago, I might have been more stubborn and tried to play but I thought about the team and we've got a guy who can do a great job so I tried to make a rational decision."
It will be business as usual tonight as Luongo takes his familiar position between the pipes.
"I was able to loosen it up and see how I felt this morning and I'm feeling fine. I was able to track pucks with my head and I'm not having any problems so it was huge."
MORE FROM THE INFIRMARY
As with yesterday and the day before that, there are no new updates on Daniel Sedin. He was at the rink but nothing new to report here.
Aaron Rome skated this morning and continues to work on his return to the lineup but is not ready for tonight's game.
"I think he will be skating on his own here for a couple more days but I'm hoping he should be able to play one or two games by the end of the week if everything falls into place."