Canucks Report: Malhotra Has Surgery

Tuesday, 29.03.2011 / 6:09 PM / News
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Canucks Report: Malhotra Has Surgery
March 29, 2011

MALHOTRA HAS SURGERY

By Nolan Kelly

After further consultation with specialists and team doctors, today Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra underwent a second successful eye procedure.

Manny Malhotra’s health continues to be the primary concern of the hockey club. Progress updates will be made available at the appropriate time. No further comment is planned at this time.

BAUMGARTNER MANITOBA’S AHL MAN OF THE YEAR

The Manitoba Moose are proud to announce team captain Nolan Baumgartner has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Manitoba community during the 2010-11 season.

Baumgartner was named the captain of the Manitoba Moose at the beginning of this season for his leadership on the ice. But through his many seasons with the Moose, he has equally proven to be a leader off of it. Baumgartner is the team’s leading presence in Moose sponsored events in the community and became the franchise leader in AHL games played this season surpassing former captain Mike Keane’s benchmark of 368 games.

Baumgartner has played parts of four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, dating back to 2002-03. In 99 games with the club he has registered seven goals and 41 points (7-34-41).

For more, check out the full article here.

GAME DAY VS. PREDATORS

It’s a battle of the NHL’s two best defensive teams tonight as the Canucks (50-17-9), looking for their ninth straight road victory for the first time in franchise history, head to Nashville to face the Predators (41-25-10).

The game features the two hottest teams in the NHL, with the Canucks holding a 9-1 record in their past 10 and the Predators boasting an 8-1-1 marker.

The Canucks hold an 11 point lead over the 2nd place Red Wings in the Western Conference, and are one win away from clinching home ice throughout the playoffs.

The Canucks didn’t skate this morning, so no word yet on whether the Jannik Hansen at centre experiment will continue. With Samuelsson and Glass not expected back until after the current four game road trip, the Canucks will dress the same 12 forwards from the Columbus victory on Sunday.

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis will sit out the game as a precautionary measure after suffering a concussion during Sunday’s game against the Blue Jackets.

Coach Vigneault from yesterday:

"I talked to him briefly and he said he was feeling better, so we'll see as we go forward here. We are just going to follow the NHL protocol and see what happens."

Former Hamhuis teammate, Shea Weber, talking to Jon Manasso from NHL.com:

"I was concerned, but I talked to him, I saw him (Monday) and he seems to be in good spirits. He feels good, and obviously that's good to hear because concussions are a scary thing."

Chris Tanev gets back into the lineup, playing alongside his first NHL defense partner, Keith Ballard. Aaron Rome moves up to play with Kevin Bieksa, while the paring of Sami Salo and Christian Ehrhoff remains the same.

Roberto Luongo will face off against Pekka Rinne in a battle of Vezina candidates. Both goalies sit 2nd and 3rd respectively in Goals Against Average (RInne 2.10, Luongo 2.18) and Save Percentage (Rinne .929, Luongo .927) in the NHL.

After the game the Canucks return home to face the injury plagued Los Angeles Kings. It’s the third to last home game, and last non divisional matchup of the season for the team.