The Vancouver Canucks will practice Tuesday in Pittsburgh as they prepare for their five-game in eight-night road stint that begins Wednesday against the Penguins and continues versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. Just recently double-vaxxed defenceman Travis Hamonic will join the Canucks for the latter two games in Canada. He was sent from the NHL to the AHL again on Monday but did not require waivers as he’s still within the thirty-day window from when he was first sent down. While he drives to Abbotsford, we should go for a spin …
Let’s Skate! …
Some of the NHL’s walking wounded should return to skating full-time in short order, according to NHL.com. The list includes Jake Hughes of the New Jersey Devils, Paul Stastny of the Winnipeg Jets, and Habs goalie Jake Allen. Meanwhile, Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon, a recent audio guest here on the morning skate, missed Sunday’s game in Tampa after suffering a lower body injury Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
“You don’t have your captain and arguably your best player against the best team in the League, it’s tough,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. The Wild lost both games in the Sunshine State 5-to-4, the second one in a shoot-out.
Ducks Down, Sharks Dine
Two of the Canucks Pacific Division rivals from California were in action on Monday with mixed results. The Anaheim Ducks saw young Troy Terry’s 16-game point streak come to an end in their 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, while the San Jose Sharks took a bite out of the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime 2-1.
Despite the setback, the Canes still sit tied atop the NHL’s overall standings along with the Florida Panthers with 29 points. The Ducks remain in third place in the Pacific, while the Sharks jumped into a tie for fifth with 19 points.
The Canucks are in 7th place in the division with 14 points, five behind San Jose and LA and 13 points behind the division leading Calgary Flames.
Washington Hockey Now tells us to keep an eye on Hendrix Lapierre, a serious hopeful for Canada in the upcoming World Junior Championship.
Speaking of the Capitals, it’s been quite a whirlwind for Langley, BC native Dennis Cholowski. After being taken by the Seattle Kraken from the Detroit Red Wings in the expansion draft, the defenceman was waived and picked up by Washington. Detroit Hockey Now tells us that Cholowski is finally seeing some NHL action again.
The Detroit boys also have an update on Sebastian Cossa, and tell us that the goaltending prospect is piling up wins in the Western League.
Love to hate the Leafs!? Or maybe you secretly like them. Either way, learn more about their 13-6-and-1 line-up and enjoy the grades on their defenceman and goaltenders from Toronto Hockey Now.
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