GETTING CAUGHT UP
By Derek Jory
The holidays are always a blur. This year was no different. I checked out of Vancouver on the 22nd and punched back in today, the 28th, and although I know the Canucks won and lost while I was away, I’m clueless as to what else happened.
And I don’t think I’m alone.
Here’s a recap of the news that matters from the few days, incase you missed it.
Chris Higgins did not make the trip to San Jose with Vancouver because of a hand infection. This new injury is as puzzling as the staph infection Higgins recently had in his foot, which caused him to miss two games.
Alain Vigneault said team doctors believe it is a virus and they’re doing their best to pinpoint exactly what the issue is to deal with it as effectively as possible.
With Higgins out, the Canucks recalled Mark Mancari from the Chicago Wolves; the 6-foot-4, 217-pound forward is second in Wolves scoring with 24 points (12-12-24) and has suited up for three games in Vancouver, recording three shots.
The Canucks could ring in the New Year with a return to the line-up for David Booth, who has been on Vancouver’s injured reserve since spraining his right knee on December 6th.
Vigneault confirmed Booth is roughly a week away from skating and his return will depend on how he responds to hitting the ice.
The less we hear, the better. No news has been good news during Booth’s recovery.
THIS AND THAT
-Alex Burrows scored the game-winner in Vancouver’s 5-3 win over Edmonton on Dec. 26th; the shorthanded goal was the 15th of his career, tying him for second place in franchise history for most shorthanded goals alongside Trevor Linden. Burrows is one away from taking possession of second place and 10 behind Pavel Bure for first in team history.
-In the same Canucks win over the Oilers, Daniel Sedin moved into third place in franchise history with his 263rd career goal with Vancouver. Daniel now trails only Trevor Linden (318) and Markus Naslund (346) for career goals.
-Keeping with the victory on the 26th, on that night Henrik Sedin became the franchise leader in most consecutive games played appearing in his 535th straight game. Brendan Morrison previously held the franchise record at 534 consecutive games from Mar. 16, 2000 to Dec. 10, 2007.