Raffi Torres skated slowly off the ice, clutching his shoulder during last night’s game against the Canadiens. He missed practice today, as a precautionary measure.
“It’s nothing serious… I think in medical terms they call it a ‘stinger’ or a ‘burner’,” said Coach Vigneault. “Bernie (trainer Mike Burnstein) thought it would be a good idea to give him a day off today and he should be good to go tomorrow.”
Torres had three shots in 11:38 of ice time last night.
Goaltender Cory Schneider will get the call in net against the Blues tomorrow night at Rogers Arena. It’s the first time Schneider has faced the Blues in his career.
“They work hard and they have some skilled guys up front, so for whatever reason we’ve had a little bit of trouble with them but hopefully in our building after a tough loss last night we can get back and play our game,” said Schneider.
The Canucks haven’t lost two games in a row in regulation since late November. Given the team’s recent history, Schneider is confident going in.
“We do a good job of assessing what’s wrong and fixing problems quickly and we don’t like losing either, especially in our building, so we’re not going to have two games like that in a row,” said Schneider.
Roberto Luongo is expected to start Saturday night against the Bruins.
FIRST GAME BACK FOR HAMHUIS
Dan Hamhuis played his first game last night after missing five with a concussion. He was -1 in 19:12 of ice time.
“Physically I felt good out there, but mentally it takes a little while to get back into it,” said Hamhuis. I felt better as the game went on, but certainly not where I was when I left off, but I hope to be back there soon.”
Hamhuis played most of the night with veteran Canucks defensman Sami Salo.
“It was good playing with him, he is a steady defenseman, but I think for us to really jell together, it will take a few games, but I thought we had a good start,” said Hamhuis.
In 48 games with the Canucks this season Hamhuis has 18 points and is a +20.