State Of The Canucks – Weekly Notebook | December 8

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Roberto Luongo made his triumphant return to the Canucks crease this week but couldn’t close out the win against the pesky Predators.


Cory Schneider allowed three goals on five shots making way for Roberto’s revenge, but Luongo lost the inherited contest allowing three goals on the final fifteen.

The poor performance against the Predators was the first of two joint efforts this week from Vancouver’s talented tandem.

Luongo and Schneider shared a pair of games due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Canucks rallied following the nasty finish against Nashville to welcome speedster Mason Raymond back to the lineup in style against the Calgary Flames after paperwork complications kept him out of last Thursday’s contest.

While Aaron Volpatti was undoubtedly happy to have the extra ice time to score his first goal of the season against the Predators, the rare front office mix-up only delayed an impressive return from Raymond.

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The dynamic winger added further depth to Vancouver’s secondary scoring as all card carriers on the Canucks’ American Express line tallied three points in the convincing win.

Ryan Kesler, Chris Higgins and David Booth all dominated their division rivals on Sunday but would be stopped short from building on the chemistry created against Calgary after Higgins revealed a foot infection to team doctors the following day.

Unfortunately for the Canucks, Higgins’ bad credit would prove to be contagious against the Colorado Avalanche.


In the Infirmary

David Booth will miss four to six weeks after getting caught with a knee-on-knee hit by Colorado’s Kevin Porter Tuesday night in Vancouver.

Booth had just begun to develop chemistry with Higgins and Kesler on Vancouver’s all-American second line; however their patriotic point totals will be drastically delayed following news of the devastating injury.

The credit collapse on Vancouver’s second line comes just days after an MRI showed a labrum tear in Aaron Volpatti’s shoulder, effectively shutting down the Revelstoke native’s season.

Roberto Luongo appears to be alright after taking a puck in the throat off the stick Gabriel Landeskog Tuesday against the Avalanche.

Luongo had breathing trouble and was forced to leave the game but remains a possibility to start Thursday’s game in his home town of Montreal to begin the Canucks’ five game Eastern Conference road trip.

Canucks In The Community

This week your Vancouver Canucks made their annual visit Monday to B.C. Children’s Hospital, giving the best of the holiday season to the wonderful fighting, and brave young patients.

An opportunity for the players to offer some laughs and encouragement to the young boys and girls.

Smiles were on all the faces for sure. View the photo gallery at

You can also view the video of the day here at

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