Canucks centre Alexandre Bolduc is out 4-6 weeks after injuring his shoulder last Friday night against the Washington Capitals.
The Canucks have recalled right-winger Sergei Shirokov from Manitoba in his place.
Shirokov leads the Moose in both goals and assists this season (16-17-33) and has recently improved his defensive play, demonstrated by a plus-10 rating through the first 39 games of the season.
“He’s checking way better,” Noel said. “Through his checking and defending he’s getting opportunities to score, which is what we’ve talked about since day one with him.”
Vancouver drafted Shirokov in the 6th round of the 2004 draft, a pick acquired from the Florida Panthers in the Roberto Luongo trade.
Shirokov impressed Canucks fans during the 2009-10 preseason, leading the team in scoring with seven points in four games and making the regular season opening night roster.
Before his call up, the 24 year-old Shirokov was on quite a streak with the Moose, registering points in 12 straight games.
He was recently named to the AHL all-star team for the 2nd year in a row.
No word yet on whether Shirokov will play against the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night.
INJURIES ON DEFENSE
Defenseman Andrew Alberts suffered a shoulder injury in the first period of yesterday’s game against the Minnesota Wild and did not return.
"I know he hurt his shoulder and he will be re-evaluated [today]," Vigneault said. "That's all I can say now."
Alberts’ absence coupled with the loss of defenseman Aaron Rome for 2-3 weeks with an MCL sprain has left a hole on the back end of Vancouver’s blue line.
The Canucks recalled defenseman Chris Tanev from the Manitoba Moose Sunday morning.
Tanev registered one goal and eight assists in 39 games played for the Moose this season.
Vancouver signed Tanev, 20, to an entry-level contract last offseason. After a meteoric rise to the AHL from the unheralded Rochester Institute of Technology, the Canucks couldn’t be more pleased with his progress.
“His speed really stood out for me, and his smarts,” said Moose coach Claude Noel.
Tanev is adjusting to life in the AHL, picking up the nuances of the playing defense at the pro level.
"The coach is teaching me to work hard, use my body and things like that,” said Tanev. “Just little things that make a big difference in your game."
Tanev is expected play his first NHL game tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche on the 3rd pairing with Keith Ballard.