Manny Malhotra underwent preliminary eye surgery after getting hit with a puck in the first period of last night’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche and is out indefinitely.
“Manny had a procedure last night and he is going to see a specialist later on at some point, and we’ll know more then,” said Coach Vigneault.
“I can’t speculate at this time until a specialist sees him today and more tests are done. It’s too early for us to speculate one way or the other.”
Vigneault stressed the importance of other players stepping up in Malhotra’s absence.
“He has had a very good impact in our dressing room, in his leadership role,” said VIgneault. “That being said, I expect other players to do more. When we had other key players go out, we had other guys pick up the slack and that’s what we expect now.”
Malhotra has 11 goals and 19 assists in 72 games this season. He is currently ranked 2nd in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage at 61.7 percent.
CANUCKS RECALL ORESKOVICH
With Manny Malhotra out, the Canucks have recalled right winger Victor Oreskovich from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Oreskovich, 24, has split the season between the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose in 2010.11. The Whitby, Ontario native made his debut with Vancouver this season, appearing in nine games and recording one assist and four penalty minutes.
He has also collected 12 points (4-8-12) and 38 penalty minutes in 39 games with Manitoba.
Oreskovich skated on the 4th line, with Maixm Lapierre during this morning’s practice.
NEW LINE COMBOS
Alain Vigneault juggled his line combinations in preparation for tomorrow night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Chris Higgins skated on the 2nd line with Ryan Kesler and Jeff Tambellini during practice this morning, while Mason Raymond skated on the 3rd line with Raffi Torres and Jannik Hansen.
Mikael Samuelsson took a maintanence day, and is expected to return to his usual spot on the 2nd line for tomorrow's contest against the Coyotes.
“I’m just trying to see, looking at different options that we have here right now, and we’ll come up with a game plan tomorrow for Phoenix and go from there,” said Coach Vigneault.
Kevin Bieksa’s status is still up in the air, but he won’t play tomorrow night against the Coyotes.
“I would say there is a pretty good bet that by next Wednesday (in Detroit) he’ll (Bieksa) will be in," said Coach Vigneault.
Winger, Tanner Glass didn’t skate this morning, and is still day to day with an upper body injury.
“Tanner will probably skate with the team tomorrow morning, and we’ll probably see where he is, but I don’t expect this to be much longer,” said Vigneault.