Ryan Kesler wasn’t on the ice this morning for the team’s skate. Alain Vigneault is calling it a maintenance day for Kesler, who injured his foot while blocking a shot during last Sunday’s win against the Colorado Avalanche.
He is expected to play tomorrow night against the New York Islanders.
DANIEL SEDIN NAMED NHL'S FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK
Daniel Sedin led the NHL in goals (five) and points (seven) last week, helping the Canucks post an impressive 3-0-1 record. His hot play has coincided with a recent stretch that’s seen the Canucks go 17-1-3 in their past 21 games. During the streak Daniel recorded points in 18 of 21 games with a +16 rating.
Sedin’s effort was remarkably consistent throughout the week, recording goals in all four games, beginning with a one goal, one assist performance in a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
It was a milestone night last Friday in Vancouver when Daniel recorded his 600th NHL point in a 6-1 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers and scored the franchise’s 10,00th goal. He is currently tied with his brother for 3rd in NHL scoring with 54 points.
Currently Daniel sits 5th in all-time franchise scoring with 601 points, 23 back of his brother for 4th all time.
It’s the first time this season he has received the weekly award.
CANUCKS HIT THE ROAD
The Canucks departed yesterday for a five-game road swing which sees them travel through three time zones in eight days. The road trip begins Tuesday in New York with back to back games against the Islanders and Rangers. The Canucks haven’t travelled to New York since the 2008 season. On their last swing through they split the two games, losing to 2-1 to the Islanders in a shoot out before beating the Rangers 6-3. Roberto Luongo was spectacular in both starts, garnering the first star nod against the Islanders and facing a season high 42 shots against the Rangers.
After New York the Canucks move on to Washington to face Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals, before finishing the road trip with pair of divisional game against the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche.
The road has been kind to the Canucks so far this year; they are 12-5-3, good enough for the fourth best road record in the NHL. Vancouver began the season 0-3-1 on the road, but have since turned things around with a 12-2-2 stretch, including a 7-0-1 mark in their last eight games. "I think we finally realized [what was wrong]," said Daniel Sedin. "For a lot of years it seemed we were playing a lot different on the road than at home”.
"We should play the same way on the road as we do at home and it's been successful."
The Canucks hope this road trip will be as successful as their last one, a three game stretch that saw them win all three games and beat two of Western Conference’s top teams, the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, in the process.