Goaltender Roberto Luongo will not make the trip to California for the team’s back-to-back games this week as he suffered a hairline fracture to his rib midway thought Saturday’s game against Toronto.
“It happened in the third period against Toronto,” explained Luongo. “It was a band angle shot. I went one knee down against the post and the puck hit me just hit me in the seam of my chest protector. The next day was a bit uncomfortable but I was able to play through it without any problems. Just last night, during the first period it aggravated itself, not on a particular play, it just gradually got worse.”
With no clear time line for Luongo’s return, backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft will get his first start between the pipes Thursday against Los Angeles.
“It’ll be fun to get in there,” said Raycroft. “I’ve been in a few games already where you can get a feel for the pace [and] how the season progressing.”
“The minutes that we have used him in the regular season he’s been real good,” said Alain Vigneault. “He had a good training camp. He’s an experienced guy that’s used to environments that have a lot of attention and he’s worked real hard with Ian [Clark] and he seems ready for the challenge.”
Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Cory Schneider has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Schneider, 23, has played in nine games for the Moose this season, posting an AHL leading 6-3-0 record. He has registered one shutout and recorded a .910 save percentage.
The 2008.09 AHL Goalie of the Year played 40 games with the Moose in 2008.09, posting a 28-10-1 record and a 2.04 goals against average. He also led the Moose to the Calder Cup Finals with a 14-7-0 record and 2.15 goals against average. Schneider made his NHL debut Nov. 29, 2008, against the Calgary Flames stopping 28 of 31 shots. In eight games with the Canucks, he posted a 2-4-0 record.
The 6’2” Marblehead, MA, native was selected by Vancouver 26th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Last night, the Canucks lost not only the game against the Red Wings but another forward to injury. Centre Ryan Johnson, 33, lost his footing and awkwardly crashed head first into the boards. Lying motionless for a few moments, Johnson was carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken to hospital for further examination.
Once at the hospital Johnson, reportedly awake and alert with full movement in his neck and shoulders, received a CT scan and x-rays.
“Everything seems to be good,” said Alain Vigneault on Johnson’s status. “If it was up to him he would have practiced today and he’d be flying with us, but obviously we’re going to be on the precautionary side and see how he feels in the next couple of days.”
At 6’1” and 199 lbs., the Thunder Bay, Ontario native notched two goals and seven assists (2-7-9) in 62 games last season with the Canucks.
Rick Rypien, listed as day to day after tweaking his groin, is expected to suit up and join the Canucks on their road trip to California.
Defenceman Sami Salo, 35, is making fast progress and skating with the team much sooner than expected. Salo, who sprained his knee October 11th against Dallas, was initially projected to be out from 3-5 weeks.
“I’m pretty happy that everything has gone real well in the last two weeks,” said Salo. “I’m getting close.”
Salo will fly to California but remain a game time decision.
Daniel Sedin, who injured his foot after blocking a shot on Oct. 7th, is also making good time as he is slated to cut his cast off Friday. Daniel has missed eight games with the Canucks, but is reportedly pain-free and hoping he will not need another cast after further x-rays.
Jannik Hansen, who injured his hand after dropping the gloves with Edmonton’s Gilbert Brule on September 27th, had the pins removed from his three broken knuckles this week, but still has a couple weeks to go before returning to the line up.