The Vancouver Canucks are back home from a west coast trip they aren't overly thrilled with. Vancouver was 1-2-1 with lopsided defeats at the hands of the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks to finish off a Californian swing.
With 20 games now in the bag, the quarter mark of the season has arrived. The Canucks sit eighth in the Western Conference and are now looking forward to a six-game home stand beginning Thursday with the San Jose Sharks in town.BACK IN ACTION
Vancouver practiced Wednesday and David Booth was back from his short conditioning stint with the Utica Comets. He was skating alongside Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian on the third line.
Booth said he had a good time playing lots of minutes during his cup of coffee in the AHL. He thought it was a great idea logging 20 minutes per game, getting back into rhythm and feels at his best now.
Coach Tortorella praised Booth for agreeing to go down to Utica. “It shows me he wants to get better and we got some good reports.”
Also back in action was Jannik Hansen, following his shoulder injury in Long Island on October 22nd. He hurt the shoulder going hard into the boards against the Islanders and “it was unfortunate, but I’m glad I didn’t go head first,” said Hansen.
“He’s versatile, a really good player, can put him in all different spots,” said Tortorella, praising the Great Dane, who remains day-to-day and will not be in the line-up Thursday night against the Sharks.
It was a week ago Thursday that the Canucks were able to slay [kind of] the new dragon with a 4-2 win over the Sharks at the SAP center.
Kevin Bieksa said it was their best win of the season from start to finish. When asked if he was sick of the seeing San Jose, he replied, “I love the Sharks. I love playing them. I think it brings out the best in our team.”GOODBYE SHOOTOUTS?
NHL General Manager’s meetings are ongoing in Toronto and overtime modifications are a hot button issue.
Roberto Luongo was asked if he’d miss shootouts if they were removed from the game, he jokingly replied “aww, tremendously, man. What would I do without that shootout?”
Chuckles aside, Luongo said “it’s fun, it’s exciting and good for the game.”