LUONGO DOESN'T MAKE TRIP
Canuck captain Roberto Luongo
did not make the trip to Edmonton as originally expected. The injured star goaltender stayed in Vancouver after experiencing pains while making "dynamic movements" at practice.
Luongo left practice on Wednesday after 20 minutes. At this point there is still no timeline for his return.
Head coach Alain Vigneault addressed the setback, explaining that Luongo had begun to experience soreness as he moved from a controlled practice environment to a more intense setting.
“For some time he has been feeling some soreness when he has been doing some dynamic exercises on the ice,” said Vigneault. “It's not going as quickly as we thought. Hopefully it's week-to-week instead of weeks-to-weeks. He just needs to back off on the ice."
Luongo will stay off of the ice until the soreness subsides and his status remains week-to-week. He strained his groin on November 22nd in Pittsburgh. Before sustaining the strain, the first groin injury of his career, Luongo was registering impressive numbers, a 11-5-2 record with a 2.17 goals against average and .928 save percentage in 19 games this season.
Curtis Sanford will start tomorrow night when the Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton. LARSCHEID REPORT:
Check out the Team 1040's Larscheid Report
as Tom Larscheid reports from Edmonton as news of Luongo's groin injury setback breaks. He provides his take on the situation and discusses how the Canucks have pulled together to battle through adversity.