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Canucks Report - Tuesday Oct. 21th

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
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The Vancouver Canucks have lost forward Matt Pettinger on waivers to the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to the Vancouver Sun. Pettinger was recalled yesterday after the Canucks suffered a rash of injuries in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canucks acquired Pettinger from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matt Cooke in February 2008. Pettinger played 20 games for the Canucks last season registering 6 points and 11 penalty minutes. 

This season Pettinger was assigned to the Moose prior to the Canucks regular season opener on Oct. 9th. He had outstanding games with the AHL team this past weekend tallying three goals and helping Manitoba win back to back games. 

WELLWOOD, KROG RECALLED

General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that centres Kyle Wellwood and Jason Krog have been recalled from the Manitoba Moose.

Wellwood, 25, has played in one Canucks game this season after recording five points (1-4-5) in six games played during his first pre-season with Vancouver. In 2007-08, the Windsor, Ontario native was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and registered 21 points (8-13-21) in 59 games played. During that season he recorded his 100th career point. Wellwood has played in 189 career games and registered 108 points (31-77-108).

Krog, 33, ranks second in scoring on the Moose with five points (1-4-5) in four games played in 2008-09. Last season, the Fernie, B.C. native led the AHL is scoring with 112 points (39-73-112) in 80 games with Chicago. During the playoffs, the 5-foot-11, 185 lbs. centre tallied another 36 points (10-26-36) and two penalty minutes in 24 games played en route to the Wolves winning the 2008 AHL Calder Cup. For his efforts, he would capture the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the league's top point scorer, the Willie Marshall Award as the top goal scorer and the Les Cunningham Award as league MVP as well as the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. Krog has played in 198 NHL games, recording 58 points (21-37-58).

BACK TO THE BASICS

The team is heading into tonight's game against Rick Nash and the Blue Jackets looking to end their road trip on a positive note. The Canucks are expected to play without Rick Rypien, Sami Salo, Pavol Demitra, and Darcy Hordichuk.

Rick Rypien returned to Vancouver prior to Sunday's game against the Blackhawks and is recovering from a virus. Pavol Demitra left the game in Chicago with a rib contusion. Sami Salo suffered a groin injury during the pre-game warm-up prior to Sunday's game and was forced to leave the game after just two shifts. Darcy Hordichuk suffered what is believed to be a mild MCL sprain in his knee and is expected to be out 7 to 10 days.

The Canucks power play and penalty killing on the six-game road trip have come under criticism. The team's power play unit only has two goals in 29 opportunities.

"If you look at our first six games, specialty teams is an issue," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "We've spent a lot of time on the ice and a lot of time in the video room trying to improve these things. Penalty killing, we're not that far away.

"On the power play, after a great training camp, we got away from the simple things. How all teams are scoring is getting shots through and jumping on the rebounds. For some reason our shots aren't getting through and we have to do a better job."

The players recognize they have to get back to the basics and play as a team to be successful.

"We have to play tighter as a group," said Henrik Sedin. "Goal scoring hasn't been a problem for us. But we're letting in way too many goals and giving up too many prime scoring chances. Just because we want to score goals, doesn't mean we can afford to stop playing defence. I'd rather win a game 2-1 than lose it 6-5."
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