Thursday, October 23, 2008

Canucks Back On The Ice/Injury Update

The Canucks were back together at GM Place Thursday for the first time since returning home for their six-game road trip. Nearly half of the practice session was focused on special teams. It really shouldn't come as a big surprise to hear that, as the club currently sits 29th overall in the NHL on the power play and 26th on the penalty kill.

Here were the power play and penalty killing units that skated together during practice:

PP #1

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Krog
Raymond - Ohlund

PP #2

Wellwood - Kesler - Bernier
Bieksa - Edler

PK #1

Pyatt - Johnson
Nycholat - Davison

PK #2

Burrows - Hansen
O'Brien - Mitchell

Following practice, coach Alain Vigneault met with the media to answer questions from reporters who hadn't seen the club in person since the season opener October 9. The biggest news came in the way of injury updates, which are as follows:

Pavol Demitra: fractured cartilage in his 8th rib. This will likely see #38 out of the line-up for the next month.

Sami Salo: groin pull. Listed as day-to-day. Skated on his own before practice this morning.

Rick Rypien: viral infection. Listed as day-to-day. Has not been around the team since leaving the club last Sunday in Chicago.

Darcy Hordichuk did skate today after suffering a knee injury against the Blackhawks. He'll likely be good to go when the Canucks are back in action Saturday at home against the Edmonton Oilers.

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