PETTINGER PLACED ON WAIVERS
At one point during the season the Canucks had a total eight injured forwards sidelined, looking for insurance the club enlisted the services of forward Matt Pettinger, 29, in early November. But with healthy bodies sliding back in the club needs to make room and as a result Pettinger has been placed on waivers.
“I knew getting into the situation what the understanding was,” explained Pettinger. “Obviously they had a lot of injuries and a lot of guys are getting healthy now. I thought I did a fairly good job. From the conversations I had with Mike [Gillis] and Coach, they’re happy with my play.”
“In today’s NHL it’s a 23 man roster and obviously they’ve got a heck of a player coming back into the line up. I wasn’t on the Canucks radar come September in training camp and in October. It was obviously a good opportunity for myself and it’s unfortunate with the numbers.”
“I’ll find out tomorrow what my options are and move on from there.”
At 6’1” 201 lbs, the Edmonton Alberta native notched one goal and one assist in six games with the Canucks this season.
DEMITRA LACES UP
Pavol Demitra, 34, who has yet to see game action this season after injuring his rotator cuff during the second round playoff series against Chicago, took to the ice today prior to the teams’ game day skate to test the shoulder out as reported by Ben Kuzma of The Province.
After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, Demitra, 34, was initially projected to be out for six weeks but he was later revealed to be out indefinitely after complications in his range of motion. Media speculation is pegging Demitra’s return for sometime before the new year/late December.
At 6’0” 200lbs., the Dubnica, Slovakia native netted 20 goals and 33 assists (20-33-53) in 69 games with the Canucks last season.
Tonight the Canucks welcome back the 2nd best team in the Western Conference; the same team the Canucks buried 8-2 during their last meeting, the Colorado Avalanche.
Vancouver are well rested coming off a five-day lull in between games, while the Avs are fresh off a 3-2 shootout loss against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
This is the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams. The Canucks claiming two of those victories while the Avs took the first meeting.
Darcy Hordichuk, Shane O'Brien and Aaron Rome are expected to be healthy scratches. Pettinger, despite being place on waivers, is expected to play tonight.
Daniel Sedin, who has missed 17 games with a broken foot, will not play tonight. Almost ready, Sedin is confidant he will be back into form come Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I can’t really feel any [pain] out there,” said Daniel. “It’s just a matter of getting a few good practices in and to know that your foot is ready for everything. You’re going to get him out there. There’s going to be a lot of pushing and shoving. You got to know that your foot’s ready.”
Expected line up:
Raymond - H. Sedin - Kesler
Burrows - Wellwood - Samuelsson
Pettinger - Rypien - Bernier
Glass - Johnson - Hansen
Mitchell - Bieksa
Edler - Salo
Schneider - Ehrhoff
Puck drops at 7 PST.