It was revealed this morning that Mason Raymond broke his thumb during the second period of Wednesday’s game against Anaheim.
After taking a puck off the ear Wednesday night, Christian Ehrhoff required several stitches. Vigneault didn’t rule out the possibility of a concussion.
Both missed practice and are not expected in the lineup Saturday.
“This is an opportunity for some of the other guys that I’m sure have been wanting more ice time to get more time,” said Vigneault. “They’re ready for the challenge.”
Mikael Samuelsson is cleared for contact and participated in practice Friday morning. He suffered a concussion late Sunday night against the St. Louis Blues and missed the Canucks last game against the Ducks.
“I felt good, first time on the ice,” said Samuelsson after practice. “I haven’t been gone that long, and I felt good today.”
Coach Vigneault expects Sameulsson to play tomorrow, but cautioned that he will wait to see how the 33 year-old feels in the morning to settle on a line up. In the event that Samuelsson cannot play, Guillaume Desbiens should be ready to go after recovering from a broken hand suffered during a fight on November 4th.
SCHNEIDER STARTS vs TAMPA
Cory Schneider gets his fourth start this season and his first in over three weeks against Tampa Bay Saturday. His last start was on November 15th in Buffalo against the Sabres.
“I’ve been working hard in practice, and treating those as games,” said the 24 year-old. “Rollie’s been keeping me out and getting me on early. I’ve been working hard for a couple of weeks now. I try to play those as my games so that when I do get a game there’s minimal difference between that and game speed.”
“I think the first period will be key, to get into a rhythm and get a good sweat, feel like you’re in the game and haven’t been out for three weeks.”
He has made appearances in six games and has a .936 SV% and a 2.08 GAA.
“The past couple of days they hinted that this is the plan for now,” said Schneider. “I think he wants to save Lui for divisional games and make sure we create some distance in the division. Tampa’s a great team from the East and we’re excited to play them since we don’t see them that often.”
NEWS FROM MANITOBA
Mike Gillis announced today that 23 year-old Ryan Parent has been recalled from his two week conditioning stint with the Manitoba Moose.
Parent was acquired from Nashville in the same trade that brought recent call up Jonas Andersson to Vancouver.
The 6’3” defenseman has played in 106 NHL games, four of them with the Canucks earlier this season.
In other news from the farm, top Canuck prospect Cody Hodgson took a stick to the face in practice Thursday.
The injury occurred during two-on-two drills when Lee Sweatt inadvertently jabbed his stick under Hodgson’s visor.
Hodgson continued with practice for a short time, but soon left the ice for a local clinic where he underwent testing. It is possible Hodgson has a fractured cheek bone.
The Moose points leader will likely sit out Friday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Barons.