The Vancouver Canucks followed up their 5-0 win over the New York Rangers with a Friday afternoon practice at Rogers Arena.
Brad Richardson was the only player absent; coach Tortorella updated his status post-practice saying he gave the forward the day off because of soreness after a busy pre-season.
Richardson is expected back at practice Sunday.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to know points = playoffs.
Coach Tortorella made it clear Friday his Canucks won’t be giving up points easily in shootouts. After a quick scrape of the ice following practice, nearly every Canucks player took to the one-on-one battle and apparently it’s something the players should get used to.
“I think it’s huge in where you sit at the end of the year,” said Tortorella, of shootout points. “We are going to practice it and try to get it in during a more disciplined time, usually guys just play around at the end of practice. We did it today in more of a game situation, they come out and do the ice, you put the nets in and you do it.
“Those points are so crucial as you come to March and April.”
Two players remain wide-eyed and as smiley as ever in the Canucks dressing room: Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk.
After Brendan Gaunce, Zach Hamill and Frankie Corrado were re-assigned Thursday night, Horvat and Shinkaruk are the only rookies remaining in camp (with the exception of Eddie Lack). Coach Tortorella said he isn’t sure what his opening line-up will be, so he isn’t sure if either of the 2013 draftees will dress against the San Jose Sharks next Thursday, but they deserve to be here right now.
“They’ve had good camps, they’re the ones that are standing still as far as the kids, I felt they’ve done more compared to the others,” assessed Tortorella. “I thought all the kids had good camps and this was a really good experience for them, we’ll keep these two and where they sit as we keep on going, I don’t know, again I’ve got to be really careful keeping players around just to practice. They need to play. So we’ll make our decisions as we keep on going here.”