VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The injuries are mounting, and the Canucks’ playoff chances could be fading if they don’t get on a hot streak to start the post-Olympic break. The team returns to the ice on Wednesday against St. Louis.
The team practiced this morning at Rogers Arena, but several players remain sidelined with injuries. Henrik Sedin, Chris Tanev, Alex Burrows and Kevin Bieksa did not skate.
Henrik Sedin says is was a good call to stay home from Sochi to help heal his injuries.
“Once I was a few days into the break and I felt I wasn’t close to 100-per cent, it made me feel better. It was a tough decision at the time, but it would have felt awful if I had to go over there and not be at 100-per cent.”
Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler, Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo were also missing from practice, as they are still returning from Sochi. Head Coach John Tortorella says he needs to get them up to speed so they can prepare for the final stretch of the season.
“We will try and do the best thing for them. We won’t have to put them through the paces, like we are doing with our guys right now, because they have been skating. My thinking is getting them ready to play a very important start to our last quarter, and also understanding what they have gone through and getting them some recovery as well.”
The Canucks have lost seven games in a row and have slid down the Western Conference standings. They now sit in 10th place, but are just one point back of 8th place Dallas.