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Canucks Report: New Line Combos for San Jose?

Mason Raymond and Chris Higgins will be game time decisions for tomorrow nights contest against the San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, 09.03.2011 / 4:29 PM / News
By Nolan Kelly
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Canucks Report: New Line Combos for San Jose?
March 9, 2011

NEW LINE COMBOS FOR SAN JOSE?

By Nolan Kelly

Mason Raymond was back at practice this afternoon, skating with his usual linemates Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson.

Raymond missed last night’s game against the Coyotes with a shoulder injury, but is expected to play tomorrow night against the Sharks.

New Canuck Chris Higgins skated on the 4th line this afternoon with Maxim Lapierre and Tanner Glass. If he’s able to go tomorrow it looks like Jeff Tambellini will be the odd man out.

According to Coach Vigneault this afternoon, both Raymond and Higgins will be game time decisions.

Cory Schneider is expected to get the call in net.

CANUCKS RE-ASSIGN ORESKOVICH

Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that right wing Victor Oreskovich has been re-assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

Oreskovich, 24, has split the season between the Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose in 2010.11. The Whitby, Ontario native made his debut with Vancouver this season, appearing in nine games and recording one assist and four penalty minutes. He has collected 11 points (4-7-11) and 31 penalty minutes in 34 games with Manitoba.

It was Oreskovich’s second tour of duty with the big club this season.

The Moose next play Friday evening in Houston, against the Aeros.

STAT PACK

After a mini slump that saw the Canucks take a slide in a few statistical categories, they are back on top in quite a few.

The Canucks are first in the NHL in wins (43) and first in points (95), with a staggering 9 point lead on their closest competitors in the NHL.

A slumping power play, that went scoreless in five straight, has recovered to score the last two games and is now back on top of the NHL at 24 percent.

The Canucks have slipped a bit in Goals For, but still rank 3rd overall in the NHL at 3.19.

The team still leads the league in Goals Against Average at 2.25, Faceoff Percentage (55.4), Point Percentage (65.2) and goal differential (+62). The +62 Goal Differential is 18 goals better than the next closest opponent (Boston +44).

This is the latest point in the season a Canucks team has ever led the NHL.

From an individual perspective, the Sedins continue their quest for the Art Ross Trophy, with Daniel at 84 points, back on pace for 100 on the season. He now holds a five point lead over brother Henrik and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.

Roberto Luongo is in solid Vezina contention, sitting 3rd in the NHL in GAA (2.22), 2nd in wins (30), one behind leader Carey Price and 3rd in save percentage (.922).

Teammate, Cory Schneider leads all rookie goaltenders in GAA (2.14) and save percentage (.928).