Game 14 – Injuries Finally Starting to Show
The Canucks injury woes finally showed last night. Starting backup goaltender Raycroft for his second game in as many nights earned him the hook after the Canucks allowed four straight goals after going up 2-0 early in the first period. With the injury to Bolduc the night before, the Canucks called up Mario Bliznak who had his NHL debut last night in a 7-2 loss to the Ducks. The Canucks spotted Raycroft an early 2-0 lead, and after dominating the first period allowed a weak one because of a defensive break down.
The Canucks dressing 8 defenseman and using two as wingers are in tight because of injuries. They stocked up on depth on the blue line, but this season the injuries seem to have plagued everything but the blue line as our defense corps is all healthy and accounted for. The Canucks are running out of players to call up should any others get injured. Right now they still have Guillaume Desbiens and Sergei Shirokov on the farm team who can be called up should any other forwards go down to injury. Alex Burrows was a game time decision based on an undisclosed potential injury nearly kept him out.
The Canucks injury list to date includes Demitra, Sedin, Luongo, Johnson, Wellwood, Hansen, and injury replacement call up Bolduc. The Canucks last night gave Raycroft, and Schneider in the 3rd period, no help at all. Defensive collapse after defensive collapse led to goal after goal. The Canucks PK continued to be amongst the league’s worst and it’s clear they miss Ryan Johnson. The Canucks without many of their primary players have found their secondary scoring has become their primary scoring and when that happens who do you look to to be secondary scorers? The Canucks goals came from Raymond and Bernier, each collecting their 4th of the season while Mitchell and Ehrhoff picked up an assist each.
The Canucks next play a red hot Avalanche team and will face surprise goaltending success Craig Anderson. The Canucks have a day off today to lick their wounds and come up with a solution to tide them over until they get more support from some of their key players who are on the injured reserve.