RAYMOND RETURNS - TAKE TWO
Mason Raymond makes his season debut for real this time. Raymond joked with the media to refer to Thursday's quotes for the day's media session.
"Last day was last day, forgot about it and move forward," said Raymond. "Tonight's the night, we're pretty sure so we'll go with that."
Despite reports that he was returning Thursday against the Predators, last minute breaking news reported that he wasn't making his season premiere after all.
"Obviously, I was disappointed but it was out of my control and there was nothing I could do about it. We're back here and here we are today preparing for tonight."
Raymond will slot into the third line, skating with Cody Hodgson and Jannik Hansen.
Roberto Luongo got some playing time Thursday against the Predators after missing six games in a relief role to Cory Schneider but will get his first start in three weeks tonight against the Flames.
"I felt really good this morning," said Luongo following Sundays optional skate. "I'm just excited to be here and go through the game day preparations."
After missing the last game, Sami Salo draws back in meaning that Andrew Alberts will slide out of the lineup tonight.
Fresh off scoring his first goal of the season, Aaron Volpatti discovered in an MRI Friday that he will require shoulder surgery that will have him out four to six months.
"He'd been having issues with his shoulder for some time," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "We had an MRI done after the game on Thursday and the results came late Friday, met with the doctors Saturday morning and it was determined that it was the best course of action for him to get that done now."
Volpatti earned himself a role on the Canucks roster through training camp and appeared in 23 games this season.