Mason Raymond missed a second consecutive off-day practice to nurse a sore hand but despite not skating in Monday’s practice, he didn’t miss a beat against the Colorado Avalanche, scoring the game winner in overtime last night.
Andrew Alberts missed practice with a tweaked knee from Tuesday’s game against the Avs.
“We're not quite sure of the severity," said coach Alain Vigneault. "He will be re-evaluated today or tomorrow."
Alberts made seven hits in 21:43 of ice time last night and will have an MRI to assess the full extent of the injury.
Keith Ballard took shots at practice today but there is still no word on a timeline for his return from the concussion he suffered on October 16th.
Ballard has missed five games so far - the first time he’s missed a game since April 2007, when he played for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Dan Hamhuis is probably in for Monday's game against the New Jersey Devils.
"Until he skates, we can't be sure," said Coach V. "But he has been getting better every day."
Hamhuis has one point in five games. In his last five seasons with the Nashville Predators he missed only seven games.
CANUCKS IN OT
With his second goal of the season and an assist from Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Jeff Tambellini started off the Canucks’s goal tally last night.
Tambellini played on the first line with the Sedins last night, his second straight game in that position and where he will likely find himself Monday against the Devils.
“It’s been a great opportunity to jump in offensively with those guys,” said Tambellini.
With the Burrows return to the lineup approaching, line shuffling is inevitable on Vigneault’s team.
“It’s going to be one of those years where I have to be able to adapt with a lot of different lines,” said Tambellini.
While the top line is clicking offensively, they need to be more conscious of both ends of the ice.
“I think that [the first] line last night had some great offensive moments, some highlight reel moments. I think defensively though, they had a very challenging night, a lot of turnovers, all three of them at critical times that led to grade – A scoring chances.”
“We’re always striving to get better, we can play better than we did last night.”
"Luo played great tonight and got the win for us," said Henrik last night "We were lucky and he made all the saves he needed to make. Maybe we shouldn't have won the game but he played great."
“I wouldn’t call it an off night,” Luongo said. “We had some good scoring chances, and so did they, but in this game it’s about finding a way to win, and we seem to do that especially well at home. I think at the end of the day two points is all that matters. We want to climb up the standings as soon as possible.”
The Canucks have already started to make the most of their five day break before their next game against the New Jersey Devils on November 1st.
Players fought one on one to bring the puck to the net, alternating between aiming to score, and playing some defense. The drill created a fun, but competitive atmosphere between teammates.
Before leaving the ice, however, players had to skate lines. For anyone unfamiliar with that particular drill, think back to gym class, running from the wall to all the different lines along the gym floor, and back again, and again, and again… only add ice and hockey gear.
Although players came off the ice looking exhausted from a tough work out, Alex Burrows, at least, is embracing the extra practice time.
“It’s great timing actually, to be able to skate with the guys” said Burrows. “Having a few days of really good practices, a lot of one on one battles, making plays on the rush and stuff like that.”