Thursday, February 26, 2009

Canucks Back At Home For Practice

A few different notes and tidbits to come out of today's practice as the Canucks were back on the ice for the first time since returning from their cross-Canada road trip.

Pavol Demitra is indeed healthy enough to play, despite suffering an injury to his pinky finger against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. It is a slight fracture, or as Demitra refered to it, "a blow up" on his little finger.

Jannik Hansen did not take part in practice and will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks with a fractured finger.

Jason LaBarbera did not skate today as he yesterday became the father of his first born son Ryder. He'll be back with his teammates tomorrow. Canucks Equipment Assistant Jamie Hendricks filled the role of the other goalie on the ice next to Roberto Luongo.

Mattias Ohlund was the only Canucks player who did not skate. He was given the day off after having some repair work done to his leg following the deep cut wound that he suffered back on Jan. 18 at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He will be able to play tomorrow.

Despite being called up this morning from the Manitoba Moose, Michael Grabner spent enough time for one practice at GM Place before being sent back to Winnipeg. Joining Grabner heading back to the AHL will be Alexandre Bolduc.

Here's how the club skated today in practice:

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Sundin - Kesler
Raymond - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Pyatt

Mitchell - Salo
Bieksa - O'Brien
Edler - Davison - Nycholat

The Canucks will play their last game against a team from the Eastern Conference tomorrow as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canucks are 9-6-2 this season against teams from the East, including 2-1-1 against clubs from the Southeast Division.

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