WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT
It was a much quieter practice Saturday morning as the Canucks optional skate consisted of just five players.
Shane O'Brien and Mason Raymond
took the ice with Darryl Williams and Ian Clark and will not be in the lineup tonight against the Minnesota Wild.
This is the first time O'Brien's sat as a healthy scratch after 49 games with the Canucks this year. He also dressed in one game with the Lightning to open the year.
The first time Raymond had to sit out was January 18th against the Columbus Blue Jackets but played in the following two games, where he had no points and finished a minus-1.
Rob Davison and Mike Brown will slot into tonight's lineup. Both have played 19 games this year with 51 penalty minutes for Davison and 85 for Brown. The addition of the two gives the lineup more grit and hopefully a boost of energy as the team prepares to snap their seven-game losing streak. Roberto Luongo
also took the ice in his routine morning skate and despite the current struggles the team is facing, it's not on the radar when the puck drops at centre ice.
"Obviously, it hasn't been easy but we've had two days of practice," he said. "Once we get to game day, you can't really think about what's happening - it's all about tonight right now and making sure that we put our best foot forward and the best effort on the ice."
Pavol Demitra continues to skate, taking shots on Jason LaBarbera this morning and while he's not playing tonight, his progression is moving forward and should be returning shortly.