VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Cody Hodgson
said Wednesday that he doesn't usually take part in optional morning skates out of personal preference, but there he was on the ice Friday morning getting ready with many of his Vancouver teammates in what was yet another optional skate.
Why the change? Did a veteran deliver him a message that rookies don't have the option?
"No, no, I already talked to a bunch of the guys and they were fine with it (Wednesday)," the Canucks' 21-year-old rookie center told NHL.com. "It was just a personal feeling (Friday). I got some new sticks in and I was trying them out. Just a feeling, that's all."
Suspended Canucks forward Raffi Torres
had a different feeling Friday morning, one he'd probably like to get over in a hurry.
Torres, who has one more game left on his four-game suspension for elbowing Edmonton's Jordan Eberle
in the head, was not on the ice with his teammates Friday morning because he was home battling a case of food poisoning, according to Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault
"Once it's all out he'll be back," Vigneault said to a chorus of laughter. "So, I expect him back (Saturday)...unless it's not all out, but I figure it will be."
If it is, the question will be if Torres is going to get back in the lineup for Game 3 Sunday?
That answer may become obvious after Game 2. But, then again, maybe it won't.
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