Canucks Report - Sergei Shirokov out with a sprained knee and Cody Hodgson's pre-season debut.
SHIROKOV OUT WITH A SPRAINED KNEE
After a stellar pre-season performance, netting two goals and two assists in two games, Sergei Shirokov injured his knee Friday against the San Jose Sharks.
“Sergei has a first-degree knee sprain and is going to need a couple of days here," said Head Coach Alain Vigneault."We're hoping to shoot for next weekend with him to play.”
Shirokov recorded 17 goals and 23 assists in 56 games last season with CSKA Moscow.
The Canucks welcome back Northwest division rivals, the Calgary Flames. The Sedins are slated to reunite with linemate Alex Burrows.
“It should be nice,” said Henrik Sedin. “There [are] a lot of great players in the dressing room, so for us it’s not a big deal who are winger is.”
“[Daniel] and [Henrik] like playing with [Burrows],” explained Head Coach Alain Vigneault. “They feel he thinks the game real well. They like to have a player that can cycle with them, shoot, and finish, and Alex has proven last year that he can do so.”
Netminder Cory Schneider is expected to play the full 60 minutes in goal.
“This is my opportunity’” said Schneider. “I don’t know how many I’m going to get, so I’m treating it like it’s the Stanley Cup Finals because I [need] to shut the door and play well if I’m going to make this team.”
Cody Hodgson is expected to play with Steve Bernier and Michael Grabner.
“[Grabner has] great speed down that left side and a good shot as well,” said Hodgson. “He should be fun to play with.”
“[Hodgson] and [Grabner] are here to prove that they can play at this level.” said Head Coach Alain Vigneault. “They’ve got a good right winger that [has] experience. They both have different strengths. We’ll see what happens.”
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Nineteen-year-old Cody Hodgson made his pre-season debut Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. After injuring his back during off-ice training this summer, Hodgson suited up playing alongside Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Bolduc.
"I had a great time," said Hodgson. "I really enjoyed it out there. I love the fast pace and the intensity.”
Early during the second period Hodgson was struck by a shot off defenceman Kevin Bieksa. Hitting him in the back, Hodgson left the bench and briefly headed towards the dressing room.
“It hit in the exact same spot, but I was alright,” said Hodgson. “I was a little sore, a little swollen.”
Hodgson returned to seal the deal, as he tapped in an empty-netter at 19:05 of the third period. The Canucks capped off the night with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Canucks improve their pre-season record to 4-0.