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Sven Baertschi is likely heading back to Vancouver

The Canucks appear to be down a man for the foreseeable future as forward Sven Baertschi did not make the trip to Philadelphia

It was later reported that Baertschi did not make the trip to Philadelphia yesterday and once again woke today not feeling well and thus may return to Vancouver instead.

The Canucks are being a bit vague about what the exact issue with the Swiss forward is but appear to want to make it clear that it is not concussion related. In that sense, it’s encouraging to hear that he is not suffering any lingering effects from the injury suffered earlier in the sense but it does leave you wondering what is the issue.

All that matters at this point is that Baertschi recovers from whatever is ailing him and can get everything sorted.

Tim Schaller will be taking Baertschi’s spot in the lineup today against Philadelphia and then the Canucks may adjust from there. If Baertschi is out for a while, then maybe the Canucks summon a more offensively inclined player like Zack MacEwen or Jonathan Dahlen from Utica to help bring some scoring to the lineup.

Baertschi has eight goals and five assists in 22 games this season.

    • Agreed! This could be a perfect chance to give the bigfella a cup of coffee with the nucks and see where is development is at.

      Hope baer is back soon but would love to see them give a chance and experiment with a kid!!!

      • Too bad Tim (Guddy 2.0) is drawing in instead. I guess that means that MacEwan isn’t ready right? It was Benning who said he wouldn’t let the vets stand in the way of the kids.

          • Goldobin was already on the first line and BB from SN650 has reported Markstrom starts? where did you get Demko is starting?

          • Prior to the Avalanche Game Goldobin has not played since January 13th.
            CDC is reporting Demko starts.Cannot find a source that says otherwise.

          • I think his point was that the line that Goldobin played on vs Colorado is the “1st line”. Depends on how you assign the line number I guess (ie: icetime, or the line that has Pettersson on it).

  • Schaller-Horvat-Leivo
    Goldobin-Pettersson-Boeser
    Roussel-Sutter-Virtanen
    Eriksson-Beagle-Motte
    (Extra: Granlund)

    Edler-Tanev
    Hutton-Stecher
    Pouliot-Gudbranson
    (Extra: Biega)
    PP1: Horvat, Boeser, Pettersson, Edler, Goldobin

    PP2: Sutter, Virtanen, Leivo, Eriksson, Hutton
    Markstrom in Goal

  • If Baertschi is out for a while, then maybe the Canucks summon a more offensively inclined player like Zack MacEwen or Jonathan Dahlen from Utica to help bring some scoring to the lineup.

    The Canucks usually carry 13 forwards and 8 defensemen. They are currently sitting at 13 and 7. They might bring up a left-side defenseman like McEneny.

    • We carried 8 D for a while just because that’s the way things worked out in terms of waiver eligibility and the the fact we had a healthy blueline which normally doesn’t last. This should not be interpreted as 8 D being Plan A to the point where in this situation they would call up another D man.

      • Timra.
        “Well, I think [their chemistry] played a part in [drafting Pettersson].” Benning admitted. “They have good chemistry together; they both had really good seasons; they can read off each other. Pettersson could find where Dahlen was. Dahlen is good in the corners and in front of the net; Pettersson had the vision to know where he was at and to find him and set him up for scoring chances.”

  • Bring up Dahlen and make Petterson even better. Although Kero was brought for a look see so we will
    what that result was. Reid is a close Baertschi though. Very similar play