PRACTICE AT BIG BEAR ARENA
Today the Canucks practiced at Big Bear Arena in Denver, Colorado preparing for a divisional match against the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow.
Daniel Sedin did not skate today (maintenance day) but will be ready to play for tomorrow’s game.
RECORD SETTING SEASON
After a third period comeback Sunday against the Nashville Predators, the Canucks won their 40th of the season in record time, 65 games.
The fastest the Canucks have ever accumulated 40 wins before this season was in 2006-2007 when the Canucks were 40-22-5 after 67 games. Last season it took the Canucks 74 games to record 40 wins.
The Canucks (40-23-2) have 17 games left and need 10 more wins to set a franchise record of 50 wins in a season. With 10 of the upcoming 17 games taking place on home ice, the Canucks have a chance to reach 50 wins.
The current Canuck record for season wins goes back to 2006-2007 where the Canucks had 49 wins (49-26-7).
Not only do the Canucks have a chance to set the record for season wins, but season points as well. The current record also dates back to 2006-2007 when the team recorded 105 points. The Canucks have 82 points heading into the end of the regular season and need 24 more points to set the new record.
The final stretch of this season also gives a few Canucks an opportunity to set new career-highs.
Daniel Sedin (16-44-60) needs eight more assists to beat his 2008-2009 record of 51. Daniel has made the Canucks all-time record books coming in at sixth for all-time points with 522, seventh for goals with 195, fifth for assists with 327, and seventh for games played with 689.
Brother Henrik Sedin (26-59-85) needs 13 more assists to beat his 2006-2007 record of 71. Like Daniel, Henrik has made the Canucks all-time records. He is fifth for points with 545, tied for third with Markus Naslund for assists with 410, and sixth for games played with 711.
Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff (12-22-34) needs nine more points to beat his career-high point record of 42 that he earned last season with the San Jose Sharks.
Mikael Samuelsson (24-19-43) needs 11 more assists to beat his 2007-2008 record of 29 that he recorded with the Detroit Red Wings.
Ryan Kesler (19-40-59) needs eight more goals to beat his 2008-2009 record of 26.
HODGSON SIDELINED AGAIN
It was announced Friday on the Brampton Battalion website that Battalion captain and Canuck prospect Cody Hodgson has been sidelined due to a broken foot suffered on February 12 against the Sudbury Wolves.
He suffered the injury after blocking a shot in the second period. Though the Battalion won 3-1 against the Wolves, the loss of Hodgson, who may be out until the OHL playoffs, is much more important.
“It hurt, but I got an x-ray a couple days later,” said Hodgson. “It came back negative, but the pain persisted. We thought it was a deep bone bruise, and I had it x-rayed again last Wednesday. We found the cracks show up later, and it showed that there’s a break.”
Hodgson missed the first 50 games of this season due to a back injury sustained during training last summer. After five months of rehabbing, Hodgson returned to the Battalion on February 4. Since his return he has recorded 20 points (8-12-20).
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