SALO GETTING CLOSE
Sami Salo was back on the ice today after injuring his knee October 11th against the Dallas Stars.
“Sami looks real good,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “He hasn’t practiced as far as a formal practice just yet, so tomorrow will be his first time with his teammates and we’ll see how he looks.”
Rick Rypien, who has already missed three games after tweaking his groin October 19th against the Edmonton Oilers, is not expected to suit up tonight. Listed as day-to-day, Rypien will likely return to the line up later this week.
“He’s real close,” said Vigneault on Rypien’s status. “We’ll probably give him at least another day.”
At 5’11” and 170 lbs., Rypien, 25, has one goal (1-0-1) and 17 penalty minutes in eight games this season.
SAMUELSSON FACES FORMER MATES
Tonight the Canucks welcome the Detroit Red Wings to GM Place. Vancouver is coming off a three game winning streak, the latest 2-0 against Edmonton Sunday night, improving the clubs record to 6-5-0. The Red Wings, struggling to get going, are fresh off a 3-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche going 3-4-2.
Last season these two teams split their series (2-2-0) each collecting two wins apiece.
Right winger Michael Samuelsson, who spent four seasons with the Red Wings before joining the Canucks this season, is grateful for his time spent with Detroit but is looking forward to facing-off against his former teammates.
“[Playing with Detroit] helped me a lot,” explained Samuelsson. “No question about it. I was downhill before I came to Detroit. I got my confidence back and played with good players. [I] had some success there and it was huge for me.”
Samuelsson, 32, got off to a great start in Vancouver recording 10 points (5-5-10) in 11 games. Samuelsson is already on track to surpass his career high 23 goals set in Detroit during his first season with the Red Wings.
“They’re missing a lot of key players,” joked Samuelsson when asked if he’s surprised by Detroit’s slow start.
“Number 37?” prompted a reporter, Samuelsson old sweater number in Detroit.
“Yes,” smiled Samuelsson. “Exactly.”
“No regrets that I went somewhere else. I love it here. I’m here now that’s all I’m concentrating on.”
Puck drops at 7 PST.
Tonight’s expected line up:
Samuelsson- H. Sedin-Shirokov
Roberto Luongo, 30, posted his first shutout of the season Sunday against Edmonton. With the win, the club moves past the .500 mark and Luongo moves past Kirk McLean into first place on the franchise's all-time shut out list with an impressive 21 in three seasons.
At 6’3” 205 lbs., Montreal, Quebec native, Luongo has 48 career shut outs.
Alex Burrows plays his 300th NHL career game tonight. Burrows, 28, has netted three goals and four assists (3-4-7) in 11 games this season.