It is very, very cold in Toronto. Its -16 today, but feels even colder than that (keep in mind, I am a West Coast girl through and through. My cameraman Rory McGarry is equally wimpy though and that makes me feel better.)
Once we were all finished complaining about the weather, we headed into the ACC for a full Canucks practice. It’s rare to see the whole team skate on a game day especially after a full practice the day before.
They were late getting on the ice though because the few Leafs that did skate (they played in New Jersey last night) got on late and held up the Canuck skate. Vancouver players had to sit on the bench and watch the Zamboni work its way around.
Sami Salo skated with the team, then stayed on the ice for about another 30 minutes. He won’t play tonight, but is likely to return against Montreal on Tuesday. Still no word on when Willie Mitchell will be joining the team again.
Alain Vigneault hinted he could make a lineup change tonight, the decision will likely be made before warm up. Glass would come in for possibly Ryan Johnson or Kyle Wellwood, we’ll have to wait to see. Coach may want to have one more set of fists should it get rough out there tonight.
Lately, the Canucks have been dealing with rested teams in their own building. Tonight, they get to turn the tables on the Leafs. Their game last night went to overtime after Toronto beat Martin Brodeur three times in the last 5 minutes of the game to tie things up. In a weird twist in the schedule, the Leafs will play the Devils in 3 of their next 4 games.
There were tons of family, friends and hangers-on around the ACC today, it was a zoo. There was lots of CBC representation and there didn’t seem to be any animosity. But Ron MacLean was not there - he’s in Stratford for Hockey Day in Canada. It would seem the fight is over. Most of the players are even sporting their CBC Hockey Day in Canada tuques that were passed out yesterday. The subject of the boycott wasn’t even broached from what I could hear.
The team is staying overnight in Toronto tonight, leaving for Montreal in the early afternoon tomorrow. It is a pretty friendly travel schedule so far.