Monday, October 20, 2008

M*A*S*H Unit Skates In Columbus

The Canucks skated today at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus as they prepare for the last game of their current six-game trip against the hometown Blue Jackets Tuesday evening.

There are a handful of injury updates following Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago:

Sami Salo: suffered a groin injury during warm-up prior to the Chicago game. Took two shifts in the first period and did not feel healthy enough to go the distance. Being listed as day-to-day.

Darcy Hordichuk: mild MCL which occured in an accidental collision with linemate Ryan Johnson in the first period. Should be healthy within 1-2 weeks.

Rick Rypien: viral infection. Taking no chances on how serious or contagious it might be, the club did send him home to Vancouver as he's listed as day-to-day.

Pavol Demitra: rib contusion and listed as indefinite. He is not feeling comfortable at all after straining it during a shot late in the 2nd period.

Call-ups to the team from the Manitoba Moose include forwards Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood. Assuming they clear re-callable waivers, they should be in the line-up at the Nationwide Arena.

There's no question the Canucks special teams has been the biggest question mark surrounding the team as they've lost three of their last four games. The power play has gone 1-for-20 during the road trip. On the flip side, the Canucks have given up 2 power play goals against in each of their games against Washington, Detroit, Buffalo, and Chicago. If the club wants to return home with a .500 record from this trip, special teams will definitley be a factor in their meeting with Columbus.

Game time will be 4:00pm PST. I'll have a game-day preview Tuesday morning.

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