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Wednesday, 07.02.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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FIGHT IT OUT

Lukas Krajicek, who left Tuesday's game after a hit by Zach Stortini early in the first, will not play tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

There were no complaints from the Canucks bench on the hit - it was clean - but teammates weren't going to sit back and let Krajicek get run like that.

Rory Fitzpatrick fended for his teammate and incidently, he and Stortini received coincidental roughing penalties, just under a minute and a half into the game.

This led to lots of fire with Jeff Cowan getting into a couple scraps and Matt Cooke in one of his own.

Krajicek will be out tonight with what the Canucks say is a mild concussion and is listed as day-to-day.

The Canucks recalled Alex Edler from the Manitoba Moose early Wednesday morning to fill the missing spot on the blueline.

Edler has played in 16 games with the Canucks this season recording two points (1-1-2) and six penalty minutes.

This will be Edler's fourth stint with the Canucks, first impressing the big club when he was recalled November 3rd to fill in for an injured Sami Salo.


OLD SCHOOL

The Canucks will don the vintage blues tonight for the first time in over a month.

The last time the old stick and rink made its appearance was January 5th against the Oilers, where they won 3-2 in overtime.

Their record when going vintage is 6-3-0 with their three losses coming to the Sharks, Ducks, and Flames but have won the last five meetings in the uniforms.


LATE NIGHT

After playing last night in Edmonton and flying home directly following the game, the Canucks are rewarded with the morning off. Alain Vigneault cancelled the morning skate but did have the team gather in the morning for a team meeting.

In a similar situation, the Blackhawks also played last night but were rewarded with a morning off also. However, their evening might have been a little more tense than the Canucks.

The Canucks won their game, decidedly, while the Hawks battled back from a 2-0 defecit in the third to comeback to beat the Flames 3-2 in a shootout. Not only did the game go into extra time, the opening faceoff was an hour late because of Mike Vernon's jersey retirement.

Needless to say, their game was the last of the night to finish. As late as it was when their game ended, they still had to fly immediately after the game.

However, it wasn't so much immediately.

The Hawks were temporarily delayed because they had to wait for the plane to defrost. Consequently, they didn't check into their hotel until 3am this morning.

The team had a very optional skate this morning but surprisingly, all three of their goalies were seen on the ice.

With back-to-back games and night like last night, Nikolai Khabibulin's expected to get a well-deserved rest.

Chicago is slated to start Patrick Lalime, who will play his first game in a Blackhawks uniform and dress Brian Boucher as the backup. Boucher's played in 15 games this season recording one win.


NO MEDIA

Normally following a game, the media warms two stalls: the Captain and the goalie, especially when you're goalie is Roberto Luongo.

Surprisingly, the situation in Edmonton last night was a little different.

Luongo didn't have to do one interview all night with all the scrums headed straight for the Sedins, who both earned career bests.

Luongo had a chuckle but enjoyed a night away from the presses after having a 28 save night to earn his 30th win this year.