Forward Ryan Johnson, who took a shot off his left foot Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, did not practice with the team today in New Jersey.
Limping Johnson, 33, underwent both an X-Ray and a CT scan, however, both came back negative. Head coach Alain Vigneault expects Johnson to suit up Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils.
Rick Rypien, who missed the last three games with an upper body injury, is expected to draw into Wednesday’s line up.
The Canucks, who embark on their first eastern swing of the season, are looking to improve their rough road record by picking up a possible eight points on their upcoming four-game road trip that kicks off Wednesday in New Jersey.
At home the club ranks third in the league posting a 10-4-0 record, away from GM Place the team has struggled ranking 25th in the league with a 4-8-0 record.
The Canucks power play, that went four-for-five Saturday night against Edmonton, hasn’t been as efficient on the road as they’ve netted ten PP goals in 50 opportunities with an efficiency rating of 20.00 per cent.
"Good teams win on the road," said Vigneault. "We're a good team, so our record in my mind is going to improve here drastically. We have high expectations here. You need to be able to perform on the road."
Goals have also been harder to come by on the road for this team. After a couple of blowouts at home this season, the Canucks have potted 49 goals in 14 opportunities and have limited their opponents to 28 goals on home ice. While on the road, the team has 29 goals for and 40 goals against in 12 games.
"For sure, it's a concern," said Sami Salo. "If you look at the standings, we're falling behind from the train. We want to put some wins together and we didn't do that at home. We have to find our way very quickly."
"We know how to win on the road," explained Alex Burrows, who, after struggling early, is starting to find chemistry with his linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin. "We know what it takes. We've been a very good team for a few years now on the road, always with a winning record. So it's just a matter of us bringing it together.
“Maybe it's more about mental toughness,” suggested Christian Ehrhoff, who leads Canuck defencemen in goals with six on the season.
“From a game standpoint, it really shouldn't make that much of a difference [playing on the road]. Everybody expects to be a good home team, but you need those points on the road to move up in the standings."
2010 CANUCKS SUPERSKILS
The Vancouver Canucks are proud to host the 2010 Canucks SuperSkills event at General Motors Place on Sunday, January 17, 2010.
Tickets for the 2010 Canucks Superskills will go on sale this Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster Ticket Centres, online at www.ticketmaster.ca/skills, in person at the Chevy Pickup Window at General Motors Place, from Ticketmaster Charge-By–Phone at 604-280-4400 or through your favorite local minor hockey team.
This event allows Canucks players, joined by 16 minor hockey players, to showcase their skill and agility in six individual on-ice events and is a great and affordable way for families to see the players in a fun atmosphere.
Net proceeds of the event are going to the Canucks for Kids Fund, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund, KidSport BC, the Britannia Hockey Academy, and the Boys & Girls Club Hockey Program. In 2009, this event raised in excess of $170,000 for the Canucks for Kids Fund, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund, Ronald McDonald House British Columbia, KidSport BC and the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund. The Canucks Centre for BC Hockey in partnership with BC Minor Hockey raised an additional $2500 for minor hockey teams throughout BC.WHERE
: General Motors PlaceWHAT:
2010 Canucks SuperSkills, presented by Danone WHEN
: Sunday, January 17, 2010 WHO
: All Canucks players ON-SALE:
Friday, December 4 at 10:00 am TICKETS: $15 for lower bowl and $10 for upper bowl (plus GST and applicable convenience fees)