INJURY UPDATES x 3
By Derek Jory
Sitting, waiting, wishing.
Right now Canucks fans everywhere are sitting, waiting, wishing with Henrik Sedin in mind.
The Canucks captain missed practice in Minnesota Wednesday because of a right ankle injury suffered during Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout win in Nashville Tuesday night. Henrik blocked a point shot from defenceman Kevin Klein early in the first period and although he returned to the game without missing much time, there may have been damage done.
An initial x-ray done on the ankle was inconclusive and coach Alain Vigneault confirmed post-practice a CT scan is being done to fully evaluate the forward.
“We’re still waiting on results from the scan I think he has taken or is about to take,” said Vigneault, adding the scan is a precautionary measure.
“They did an x-ray on Hank and they couldn’t tell on the x-ray and he was just obviously in a lot of pain, so we’re doing a follow up right now.”
Should Henrik be forced to miss Thursday’s tilt with the Wild, his Iron Man streak of 552 consecutive games would come to a halt. He’s currently seven games back of Jay Bouwmeester for the longest active streak in the NHL.
If Hank is good to go, he’ll play, said Vigneault, brushing off a question about resting Henrik if he’s healthy.
“I’m still hoping that he’s alright, but obviously it just shows how effective and durable Hank is on himself and hopefully the streak will continue tomorrow.”
Hank wasn’t the only Canucks player missing from practice as Dale Weise also sat out and he was also scheduled for a CT scan.
“In Dale’s case,” explained Vigneualt, “he blocked a shot yesterday, the shot caused him to get a few stitches and he felt come discomfort when he stepped on the ice so they’re both getting CT scans right now and we’ll just wait for the results.”
The Canucks are going to need a bigger boat as Chris Higgins remains aboard the SS Injury and Vigneault said although he was hopeful the forward would join them during their four-game road trip, signs aren’t looking good.
“He’s getting better, but until he can used to the new meds and he can start eating properly, he’s still not where he needs to be to rejoin the team,” said Vigneault. “I thought he might be at some point on the road trip, but the information I’m getting now is that I don’t think he’ll be joining us.”