By Derek Jory
If Dale Weise had something special planned for tonight, he better re-schedule.
The Canucks forward, absent from Vancouver’s line-up for the last three games with an injured foot, was back practicing with the Canucks for the second straight day and he would have been good to play Wednesday versus Colorado, were it not for a little love tap he received during practice.
Weise took a puck to the face during a drill; he leaked his way to the bench and eventually the dressing room before he was seen leaving Rogers Arena holding a towel on his face. Coach Alain Vigneault said he might have a broken nose and his availability for Wednesday is now iffy.
Welcome back, indeed.
Turning your frown upside down won’t be difficult with the news that Chris Higgins will return to the Canucks line-up against the Avalanche. He confirmed the news post-practice and said he’s anxious to get back.
“I’m feeling better than I thought I’d feel as far as energy wise, I think I might be feeling it a bit tomorrow night, but I’m just excited to be back with the group, it’s been a long week for me.”
Don’t expect to see a whole lot of Higgins, but when he’s out there, he’ll be going full-bore.
“I’ll tell the other left wingers to get ready on the bench because I could have some shorter shifts that normal, but I think the only way to get back playing is playing the right way and playing the only way I know how to play and that’s a high-tempo style. I just have to move my feet early and move through the first couple of games here.”
In other line-up news, Mike Duco was re-assigned to the Chicago Wolves. The 24-year-old has two points in six games with the Canucks this season.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
”Ticket prices are getting up there and we want to give the fans a good show” – Kevin Bieksa on alllll the overtime and shootouts the Canucks have been a part of recently.