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A Foot Infection? Canucks Chris Higgins seriously defeated by his feet

Call it Canuck luck

What we’re hearing is Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins will miss Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche because of a staph infection…again.

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Just as he and teammates on the American Express line began to gel. (Ryan Kesler and David Booth) They each had 3 points in last nights win over Calgary.

Vigneault says, “his foot is all swollen up.”

Not good!

What is it with this foot infection anyways?

It could be a staph infection and is definitely related to his earlier foot problems in Florida and the problem that plagued him at the end of last year’s playoffs.

Last time this happened in Florida, Higgins missed 6 or 7 games.

Victor Oreskovich has been called up from the Chicago Wolves.

What does this mean for the Canucks?

For starters, that second line now needs a winger to play with Ryan Kesler and David Booth.

Thankfully, this coincides with the return of winger Mason Raymond, who will remain on the third line with Manny Malhotra and Cody Hodgson.

Kesler + Higgins + Booth

What does Higgins staph infection mean for the Canucks American express line?

If practice today is any clue, it looks as though Jannik Hansen will play on the second line tomorrow against Colorado.

With the Canucks depth on wing, don’t be surprised to see Raymond and Hodgson both given shots on that line as well.

Victor Oreskovich played himself into the dog house during training camp but with Aaron Volpatti, Byron Bitz, Steven Pinizzotto, and Andrew Ebbett all out Oreskovich won a call-up thanks to the two sweetest words in the English language: de-fault.

If the big man uses this opportunity to throw his body around a bit more, he could have another opportunity to endear himself to Vigneault.

For Higgins the injury will sideline him during a redemptive year for the 28 year old New Yorker.

His 17 points in 26 games so far this year is already the same amount he put up in all of 2009-10, and just 11 points off his totals from last year.

He was on pace for 53 points, one more than his career high he posted with Montreal in 2007-08, the only year he’s broken the 40 point barrier in his career.

The Canucks have lost their most consistent forward this year, but the depth acquired on forward should be able to cover his loss if this does indeed keep him out for half a dozen games.

It could serve as an opportunity for Mason Raymond to find his game without getting lost in the shuffle.

The main concern for Canucks fans is the ongoing problems with Higgin’s feet. This isn’t the first time this has popped up, and it probably won’t be the last.

The Canucks can survive in December, but as we saw in the playoffs, it could pop up at a much nastier time.

Cross your toes, uh fingers.      

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