CANUCKS FACEOFF AGAINST THE DUCKS
The Vancouver Canucks fly out to California today to take on the Anaheim Ducks. Catch all the action live on canucks.com at 7 PST.
Tonight’s exhibition game will likely feature more NHL regulars. Netminder Roberto Luongo is likely to suit up for the first half of tonight’s game and Cory Schneider for the remaining 30 minutes.
“This first game is not about the result for me, it’s more about how I feel, how I follow the play, and read the play,” said Captain Roberto Luongo. “Last year it went pretty well off the start. I really want to get into a groove, a rhythm, as if were in the regular season.” Last season, Luongo recorded 33 wins and 13 losses in 54 games for a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.34.
“There [are] a lot of guys here fighting for spots. There’s going to be a lot of intensity out there and anytime we play the Ducks it’s always a little bit of a physical match.”
Forwards Ryan Kesler, Kyle Wellwood, Ryan Johnson, Mikael Samuelsson, Steve Bernier, Mason Raymond, and Darcy Hordichuk are also expected to play tonight alongside defencemen Sami Salo, Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler.
GRABNER’S HOPING TO PUT UP SOME NUMBERS
Prospect Michael Grabner is also likely to see ice time during tonight’s match up against the Ducks.
“As far as what we’ve seen in the past he’s a guy that’s got a great shot, great speed, and he can finish,” said Head Coach Alain Vigneault. “He’s an offensive type player and we’re going to put him in that role. Hopefully he can do a great job for us.”
“I played the last game on the point [and] I enjoyed it a lot; it’s a lot of fun,” said 21-year-old Grabner. “Hopefully I can be solid and [not] make any mistakes.”
“I played pretty good defensively in [Monday night’s game]” said Grabner, but offensively he’s hoping to put up some numbers against the Ducks. “When you get the chance to make the NHL, [you] have to show some offensive. Hopefully I’ll be better in that department.”
Grabner, drafted 14 overall in 2006, had 30 goals and 18 assists in 66 games with the Manitoba Moose last season.
TRAINING CAMP CONTUINES
Six-foot –one, Darcy Hordichuk, who clocked 109 minutes in penalties in 73 games last season, has worked on his fitness this summer, slimming off close to 10lbs.
“I feel a little bit lighter and a little bit quicker on the ice, so that's always a good thing,” said Hordichuk. “I did what I had to do in the off season, so going out there tonight I’m just excited to play my game.”