Guillaume Desbiens left the game after getting into a fight with Cody McLeod of the Colorado Avalanche in his first and only shift of the game. It was revealed after the game that Desbiens will be out indefinitely with a broken hand.
Desbiens had played in all 12 Canuck games this season and has made 22 hits.
Fortunately for the Canucks, Thursday marked the end of Rick Rypein’s six-game suspension and will likely return to the line up on Saturday when the Canucks play host to the Detroit Red Wings.
Including Desbiens the Canucks currently have five players out due to injuries, Ryan Parent (groin), Dan Hamhuis (foot), Alex Bolduc (leg), and Sami Salo (ankle).
The team has missed 53 man-games already this season, which includes 10 games missed by Alex Burrows, five missed by Keith Ballard, and two missed by Rick Rypien due to injured ribs.
Only five teams currently have a longer injury list than Vancouver, Anaheim (6), Colorado (6), Minnesota (6), Philadelphia (6) and New Jersey (9).
JIM ROBSON NIGHT
The Canucks will continue their 40th anniversary celebration Saturday night when they honour broadcaster Jim Robson.
Robson was the voice of the Canucks for 24 years, from their start in 1970 until he made the switch to television in 1994 to finish his career.
In addition to having the broadcast gondola in Rogers Arena named after him, Robson has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Saturday’s presentation will include clips of classic Canuck moments, whose legacy has been intertwined with that of the man who called them all.
STREAKING IN COLORADO
The Canucks beat the Avalanche 3-1 last night, earning them their fifth win in a row.
The Canucks scored one goal a period, taking advantage of three of their four powerplays. Last night’s success boosted their powerplay percentage to 28.3%, the best in the league. Last night also continued their penalty kill streak, they have gone six games without allowing a powerplay goal.
In Schneider’s third consecutive win he stopped 33 shots, improving his save percentage to .969.
He came within 3:08 of recording his first career shutout, before David Van Der Gulik poked in a puck.
"It's in the back of your mind but at the end of the day it's not so important," said Scheider to Jim Jamieson of the Province. "I'd rather give up one goal and get the win. It would have been nice to get it out of the way."
Schneider’s play also impressed his team mates last night.
"He makes the saves look really easy,” Henrik Sedin told Jim Jamieson. “You see it and you think, 'Wow, that should have been a goal.' He's really impressive. He's going to push hard to play a lot of games."
Reigning Hart Trophy winner Henrik Sedin scored the game winner last night, early in the second. This marked his fifth straight game with at least one point. He remains the league leader in assists, with 12 (12-2-14).
Following up Tuesday’s hat trick, Raffi Torres scored his seventh goal of the in Colorado. This marks the third game in a row Torres has put a puck in the net and the fifth game in a row that he has recorded at least one point.