The Vancouver Canucks felt what it’s like to be beaten down in your own barn by the Chicago Blackhawks last Wednesday and responded with two defensively sound victories this week.
Both Sunday’s game against the Senators and Wednesday’s road shutout in Colorado were defensive, disciplined games from Alain Vigneault’s club.
The Canucks returned to their roots this week with a more defensively structured game to counter-balance the lack of scoring in the lineup so far this season.
Under head coach Alain Vigneault Vancouver started as a defensively stringy trapping team, however with the amount of tremendous talent in the lineup the team has evolved to embrace an active scoring attack.
Vancouver’s pair of low-scoring games last week provided a fitting build up to last night’s shutout victory in Colorado that earned Head Coach Alain Vigneault his 247th career victory as the Canucks’ bench boss. The win moves Vigneault into top spot as the Canucks’ all-time leader in coaching wins.
Despite Vigneault’s ascension up the Canucks all time coaches list, just six days ago insider Dan Murphy questioned if the Head Coach’s time was up in Vancouver.
Call it just another crazy week for the fickle fans of #Canucks nation.
In the Infirmary
Roberto Luongo is ready to return from an apparent groin injury last week but won’t necessarily be called upon to start immediately as Cory Schneider continues to carry the ball in the Canucks crease.
Schneider has been sharp in Luongo’s absence and is expected to start again Friday in Phoenix, making way for Luongo’s return to the crease under the Saturday night spotlight against the Sharks.
Along with Luongo, forward Mason Raymond won’t be rushed back into the Canucks’ lineup after the forward suffered a devastating broken back during last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. Raymond’s return raises a number of questions for Head Coach Alain Vigneault who must make a spot for the speedy winger, assumingly in Vancouver’s top-six.
The trickledown effect in the lineup has the potential to leave a number of skaters on the outside looking in, however the team will do all it can to maintain as much depth as possible with such a surplus of strong skaters.
Aaron Rome blocked a shot with his hand during Wednesday’s win over the Avalanche and remains questionable for Friday’s game in Phoenix, unable to properly grip his stick due to soreness.
Full Injury Report
|Aaron Rome||D||Ques Fri - Hand – 11/24/11||Rome suffered an apparent hand injury in Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche and remains questionable to play Friday against the Coyotes.|
|Keith Ballard||D||Ques Fri - Back – 11/24/11||Ballard left the game on November 16th against the Blackhawks with a back injury and has not played since. He remains questionable for Friday’s game against the Coyotes.|
|Roberto Luongo||G||Ques Fri - Upper Body – 11/24/11||Luongo has missed the last three games with an upper body injury and is considered questionable for Friday’s game against the Coyotes.|
|Mason Raymond||LW||Ques Fri - Back – 11/24/11||Raymond continues to recover from a broken back, which he suffered in the Stanley Cup Finals last season. He has been cleared for contact but will likely need more time to practice. He is considered questionable for Friday’s game against the Coyotes.|
|Byron Bitz||RW||Out indefinitely - Groin – 11/4/11||Bitz continues to recover from hernia surgery and still has no timetable for a return.|
|Steve Pinizzotto||RW||out for season - Shoulder – 11/15/11||Pinizzotto suffered a dislocated shoulder during a preseason game and underwent shoulder surgery. He will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Andrew Ebbett||C||I-R - Foot – 11/17/11||Ebbet suffered a broken foot and has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to November 10th.|
Canucks Family Nights
Do you know about Canucks Family Nights yet? Presented by QM/FM and Cineplex give families an affordable way to watch Canucks games live. To allow more families to take advantage of this opportunity, Family Night Packages will be available for all Canucks home games this season.
A FAMILY NIGHT PACKAGE STARTS AT $195* AND INCLUDES:
Four tickets to the game
10% off at the Canucks Team Store**
Cineplex ‘Family Fun Pak’ – 4 movie passes***
Aramark voucher – 4 hot dogs and sodas for $22
HOW TO PURCHASE A FAMILY NIGHT PACKAGE:
Tickets will be available to purchase online at Ticketmaster.ca. (LIMITED INVENTORY, AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.)