The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have assigned left winger Jeff Tambellini to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Tambellini signed with the Canucks as a free agent on July 1st 2010, after spending five seasons with the New York Islanders.
Last season, Tambellini played 36 games with the Islanders, scoring seven goals (7-7-14).
In six games this season, Tambellini has two goals and one assist. His last three games have been on the first line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
The Manitoba Moose are 5-4-0 this season.
KIRK MCLEAN IN RING OF HONOUR
Goaltender Kirk McLean has been announced as the next Canuck inducted into the Ring of Honour this season. The ceremony will take place on November 24, when the Canucks take on the Colorado Avalanche. McLean joined the Avalanche as a goalie consultant over the summer.
McLean spent 10 seasons with the Canucks, from 1987-88 to 1997-98. Most Canucks fans remember him from the 1994 Stanley Cup playoff run, when he posted 15 wins and four shutouts in 24 games.
McLean holds the franchise record for games played (516) and wins (211). His career postseason numbers rank first all-time in wins (34), games played (68) and shutouts (6). McLean has also received two Vezina Trophy nominations.
GAME DAY VS OILERS
The Canucks flew to Edmonton last night in preparation for tonight’s game against the Oilers. The Canucks hope to improve their 0-3-1 road record with their first road win.
The Canucks are riding a three game winning streak after blanking the Devils last night. They haven’t played on the road since losing 2-1 to Chicago in overtime on October 20th.
The Oilers won their first game Friday against the Blackhawks, since opening the season with a pair of home wins.
The Oilers won both preseason games against the Canucks, but Vancouver took last year’s regular season series 4-2-0. Vancouver finished the season third in the West, while the Oilers finished a distant last in the league with 62 points.
The big focus on tonight’s game will be the return of Alex Burrows. After undergoing shoulder surgery over the summer he was placed on long term injury reserve and missed the first ten games of the season. He’s been practicing with the team all week and despite not playing since May he is expected to return to his old spot on the first line with the Sedins.
"It's been a long time, so obviously I'm really looking forward to it," said Burrows. "It might take a couple of games to get back to game speed, I haven't been in any games or even scrimmages in a long time."
Last season Burrows had a career year, leading the team in goals with 35 (35-32-67).
Puck drops at 6:00 PST in Rexall Place, catch it on Sportsnet Pacific or Canucks.com
CANUCKS SHUT OUT DEVILS
The Canucks returned from a six day break to record their third consecutive win last night against the New Jersey Devils.
Henrik Sedin scored the first penalty shot of his career and his first goal of the season. Colin White tripped Henrik on a breakaway, resulting in Vancouver’s captain going one on one against Martin Brodeur.
This was only Henrik’s second penalty shot of his career, he missed his first one against Anaheim Duck’s Jonas Hiller November 27, 2007.
“That move has been there for seven years,” Henrik said after the game. “Ever since they started the shootout. That’s the first time I’ve been able to show it.”
Roberto Luongo also had his first shutout of the season last night. The net minder stopped all 30 shots that came his way. His last shutout came on February 11, 2010 against his old team, the Florida Panthers, when he stopped all 31 shots they sent his way,
This was Luongo’s 52nd shutout, which ranks him 20th in NHL career shutouts. Martin Brodeur currently holds the league record with 112.