SCHNEIDER READY TO SUIT UP
Mathieu Schneider, 40, who was placed on long-term injury reserve, says he’s ready to finally see game action as reported by Jason Botchford of the Province. After injuring his shoulder during the playoffs last season, Schneider underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
"I feel great right now, I think I've been ready for about a week," Schneider said. "I feel 100 per cent. I'm excited and ready to get going. I've had enough practicing. It gets monotonous."
As per IR regulations, Schneider is not able to suit up for ten games, leaving him ineligible until Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Schneider at 5’11” and 192 lbs., notched five goals and 12 assists (5-12-17) in 23 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens.
CANUCKS CLAIM VICTORY
Sweet redemption for the Canucks Wednesday night as they crossed two things off their list: one, getting their first road win of the season and two, winning against the team that cut Vancouver’s playoff run short.
The Canucks who are now 1-4-0 away from GM Place, beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Yesterday marked Vancouver’s return to Chicago since their 7-5 meltdown in game six of the Western Conference Semi Finals.
"At the end of the day, it's a game," said Roberto Luongo
"I was real excited to come back here and play even though there wasn't such great memories from last year. Nothing is going to bring back what happened last year. But it's nice to come in here and show we can win, and just start moving on from what happened. They still won the series. We just won a game."
"It was really nice to finally win a game on the road and win against a team that sent us home a lot earlier than we wanted last year," said Willie Mitchell. "Everyone feels good right now."
For head coach Alain Vigneault, instead of settling old scores, bumping the road slump was his main concern.
“We were 0-4 and we were aware of it," explained Alain Vigneault. "We had to step up here and get it going. Coming back, in this building, and playing [the fourth game] in six nights, that's a pretty good fashion to get the first win."
Canucks improve their record to 4-5-0 ranking 10th in the Western Conference.
GRABNER GETS ROLLING
Michael Grabner, who struggled to get his offense going at this level, notched his first NHL goal.
"The first one is always hard to get," Grabner said. "It's nice to get it out of the way. I had a few chances last game [in Edmonton] and against Minnesota and today, too. Coaches were telling me not to get frustrated. It's hard to score in this league."
At 6’1” and 180lbs. 22 year-old Grabner lit up the scoreboard in Manitoba, before being called up by the Canucks, scoring four goals and two assists (4-2-6) in five games with the Moose. In attendance celebrating Grabner’s first goal were a few of his Moose teammates as they were in town gearing up for their matchup against the Chicago Wolves.
NBA BACK IN TOWN
The NBA returns to Vancouver as Victoria native Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns take on the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at GM Place.