There's always a silver lining.
Jay Beagle blocked Mike Hoffman's shot on the penalty kill in the 3rd period during Vancouver's 3-2 win in Florida this past Saturday. Beagle "loves to eat pucks," as he says time and time again, and is proudly covered in bruises, but this one got him good, breaking his forearm, Coach Green revealed Monday.
He did not travel with the Canucks to Pittsburgh Sunday, instead flying to Vancouver to heal for the next 6-to-8 weeks.
Vancouver ranks sixth in the NHL on the PK with three goals against on 25 penalties, not to mention one short-handed goal, with Beagle spending 23:34 on the ice this season killing penalties. He leads the league in shorthanded ice time for forwards and is the only forward in the top nine.
Soooooo what's the good news again?
Beagle and his high school sweetheart Ashley, married since 2009, are expecting their third child any day now. "I'm waiting for the call to head back," he told me a few days ago. "Both our sons were born outside hockey season, we had good planning there. This time it's early season as fate would have it, so I'll fly back for the birth when I get the call."
Sometimes you can't catch a break, this time Beagle's break will allow him to not only be there for the birth of his third child, but he'll be able to spend a lot of time with his new son or daughter while healing up.
Ashley hopes it's another boy, while Jay, who celebrates his 32nd birthday Tuesday, is thinking girl.
"I've got a feeling, my gut is telling me girl!"
The other silver lining in Beagle's injury is Adam Gaudette's recall from the Utica Comets. The defending Hobey Baker Award winner is coming off a three-point performance and has four points in four games with the Comets; Gaudette scored his first professional goal Friday night and has looked impressive in his American Hockey League debut.
Now, similar to the end of last season, he's up with the Canucks and those five NHL games played have him feeling more comfortable this time around.
Video: PRACTICE | Gaudette on Call Up
Gaudette skated alongside Nikolay Goldobin and Loui Eriksson Monday at practice.
Coach Green, who met with the media follow practice, said he's excited to see what Gaudette brings to the table. Green also updated the status of Elias Pettersson, who is in concussion protocol and without a timeline to return.
Video: PRACTICE | Green Injury Updates