Monday, April 20, 2009

Canucks & Blues Practice Monday

The Canucks and Blues had different looking practices today at Scottrade Center following last night's 3-2 Vancouver victory in Game 3.

The Canucks had a number of players take the day off from the ice, which included:

Roberto Luongo
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Sami Salo
Willie Mitchell
Ryan Kesler
Pavol Demitra
Kyle Wellwood
Mats Sundin

For the first time ever in a seven-game series, the Canucks are up 3-0. They are obviously leading the special teams battle to this point, having gone 4-for-15 on the power play and 16-for-17 on the penalty kill. They are also getting production from the blue-line, which was a major advantage on paper the Canucks had heading into the series. So far the Canucks have two goals and six assists from d-men while the Blues have nothing.

Sundin spoke with the media for the first time since being injured in Game 2. He didn't reveal what his injury is or when it exactly occured. However he's hopeful that if he feels better tomorrow, he'll be able to draw back into the line-up.

The Blues were on the ice for about an hour and Keith Tkachuk was the lone no-show. Paul Kariya and Yan Stastny both skated but its not clear yet if either will play in Game 4 tomorrow. Andy Murray said after practice that if Kariya tells him he's healthy to play tomorrow, then he'll play.

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