Dan Hamhuis is making progress after sustaining a concussion in the 1st period of yesterday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I talked to him briefly he said he was feeling better,” said Coach Alain Vigneault. “Were going to try and get him healthy and we’ll see what happens.”
He will continue to be monitored, as per NHL concussion protocol, and won’t play tomorrow night when the Canucks visit the Nashville Predators.
It was the second concussion in the last six weeks for Hamhuis. There is no timetable for his return.
Mikael Samuelsson practiced with the team today for the first time since suffering a lower body injury early last week.
“I didn’t talk to him after practice, but I would think he would need more than one practice,” said Vigneault. “Probably after we get home he’ll need a practice or two before he plays.”
Samuelsson has missed all three games on the Canucks current four game road trip.
NEW LINE COMBOS AND PAIRINGS
The Jannik Hansen at centre experiment might continue for another game, as Hansen skated between wingers Raffi Torres and Victor Oreskovich on the 3rd line at this morning's practice.
“I threw that out there in the 2nd period, told him today that I would try it in practice, and we’ll see what happens,” said Vigneault. “He’s got really good hockey sense and good speed and I just wanted to see what he could do at that position.”
Jeff Tambellini was on the 4th line left wing with Maxim Lapierre at centre and Alex Bolduc on the right.
With Dan Hamhuis out, Aaron Rome was paired with Kevin Bieksa, while Chris Tanev skated with his first NHL partner, Keith Ballard.
MORE RECORDS BROKEN
The 2010-11 Canucks assault on the franchise record book continued this weekend after convincing wins over the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Friday against the Thrashers, the team gained their 106th and 107th points, setting a new mark for points in a season. The win also set a new franchise record for road wins at 24.
Two days later in Columbus the Canucks reached 50 wins for the first time ever, breaking the old mark of 49, held by the 2006-07 and 2009-10 clubs.
The Canucks have now won eight in a row away from Rogers Arena and now hold the best road record in the NHL at 25-9-4.
If the Canucks win their final five games of the season they’ll finish with 121 points, good enough for the 6th highest point total in NHL history.