By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com
Jeff Tambellini has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose today. According to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy, Tambellini practiced in Manitoba yesterday before heading to Vancouver in preparation for today’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
This is Tambellini’s sixth NHL season, and his first with the Canucks. The 26 year-old is currently sixth in team scoring on the Moose (5- 2-7) in seven games.
“It was great,” Tambellini said of his time in Manitoba. “I got a chance to kill penalties for seven games, and play a lot of four on four, the power play as well. It was a great couple of weeks to play a lot of minutes in a lot of different spots.”
Tambellini is set to play on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond against the Colorado Avalanche.
“It’s great opportunity,” he said. “I’ll try to mix with them right away, and hopefully we’ll have chemistry.”
“You have to be responsible defensively first and foremost, that never changes, but when you play with two talented guys that can really shoot the puck, you can make some plays in the offensive zone. No complaints from me right now.”
In six games with Vancouver earlier this season, Tambellini recorded three points (2-1-3).
Peter Schaefer cleared waivers and has been re assigned to the Manitoba Moose, but it is unclear when or if he will join the team.
GAME DAY NOTES
The Canucks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 7:00 on Canucks.com and Sportsnet Pacific. Vancouver has won both of their previous match ups this season.
The game marks the return of Colorado goalie Craig Anderson to Vancouver, who missed ten games after suffering a knee injury during warm up at Rogers Arena on October 26th. He returned to the ice on November 19th for a win over the New York Rangers.
The Canucks made some changes to their line up, as reported yesterday Alex Burrows returns to the first line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Jeff Tambellini starts on the second line with Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler.
“We know we can score goals,” said Kesler. “It’s the defensive side of the game that needs work. It’s hard work, and attention to detail and we’re going to try to have that tonight.”
Mikael Samuelsson will move to the third line with Raffi Torres and Manny Malhotra. Tanner Glass, Joel Perrault and Jannik Hansen will make up the foruth.
“We’re going to focus on the process,” said coach Alain Vigneualt after practice. “We know we’re playing a real strong opponent that has a great transition game, and great one on oneskills. We’re going to have to be real good tonight with the puck, and without the puck as well. I expect a real good game from our group.”
Alex Bolduc participated in his first practice with the team since injuring his ankle on October 9th.
HONOURING CAPTAIN KIRK
The Vancouver Canucks will induct two-time Vezina Trophy nominee Kirk McLean into the Ring of Honor in an on ice ceremony prior to the start of tonight’s game. McLean will be the second inductee after the Canucks original captain, Orland Kurtenbach, who was honored on October 26th.
"When you look at the actual - I don't even want to call it a plaque because it's like a 3-D, almost a statue of you, that's big time," McLean told Gordon McIntyre of the Province. "It's not just a number and a name they've got there, they've got an actual likeness of you, so it's pretty cool. They’ve gone first-class all the way.”
The Ontario native spent eleven seasons in net for the Canucks, including the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoff run, when he made “The Save” the infamous moment in overtime of game seven of the Western Conference Quarter Finals that kept Vancouver in the run for the Cup.
McLean holds franchise records for longest undefeated streak (10 games), and playoff records for most games, 24; most wins, 15; most minutes, 1544 and most shutouts, 10, including two back to back, becoming the first goalie to do so since 1953.
In 1992 McLean also set a franchise record when he won 38 games in a single season. The record would go unbroken until 2007 when Roberto Luongo won 47 games.
In addition to working as a goalie coach with the Colorado Avalanche McLean is a minority owner of a Junior A Hockey Club, the Coquitlam Express, and owns McLean’s Restaurant in Gastown.