Scenes from morning skate: Rick Tocchet says Teddy Blueger met with doctors and is expected to skate in the coming days
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By Faber1 month ago
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It was a very quiet day at the rink on Tuesday morning ahead of the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Nashville Predators on Halloween night.
The biggest story heading into the game may be the jerseys, as the Canucks will dawn their Black Skate jerseys for the first of 15 times this season.
As we mentioned, there was not a lot to see from the morning skate but we did talk with Elias Pettersson, Anthony Beauvillier and Rick Tocchet — so you can expect a bigger what was said section compared to the sad little what we saw section that I’m about to write.
Speaking of that sad little section… here it is.
What we saw
Jack Studnicka, Noah Juulsen, Thatcher Demko and Casey DeSmith were the only Canucks players on the ice as they worked on some drills with a few coaches including Ian Clark, one of the Sedins and Yogi Svejkovsky.
Aside from the Black Skate logo all over the rink, that’s what we saw.
You can expect the lines to be the same as what we talked about yesterday aside from the Dakota Joshua and Studnicka swap.
Tocchet confirmed Demko would be in net and the morning skate duo of Juulsen and Studnicka would be the scratches.
What was said
Elias Pettersson was asked about the Canucks having the best goal differential in the NHL at five-on-five.
“Oh, I didn’t know that. It’s a good thing. I think we have been playing good but then again, it doesn’t come easy. So we’ve got to bring it tonight.”
He also was asked about why the Black Skate jerseys are so popular with the fans.
“I think they look the best,” said Pettersson.
Beauvillier spoke about building some momentum with some good vibes around this team.
“We feel good about our game and ourselves, the atmosphere in the room is good,” said Beauvillier. “I think we have played a lot of good hockey in the past week or two and [had] good practices and yeah, [we] feel good about ourselves… It’s just about building — feeling good about yourself. I mean, having confidence in our game and being excited to come to the rink and want to do it all over again the next day. So that’s always a great feeling. And it’s a feeling you have when you have confidence, and when you win games.”
Head Coach Rick Tocchet confirmed that Teddy Blueger is getting very close to returning to skating.
“I think he saw the doctor yesterday,” said Tocchet. “He’s going to be skating here, whether it’s tomorrow or it’s going to be very soon, which we can’t wait to see him put the skates on. He will add a lot to our team.”
Blueger has not played in a regular season game this season after injuring himself during a shot block in the late parts of the preseason. Blueger can play the penalty kill and centre a fourth line that has already been good for the Canucks this season. As Tocchet said, Blueger’s addition will do a lot for this team and should create even more internal competition to let the cream rise to the top… of the fourth line.
The Canucks host the Predators at 7:00 pm PT tonight at Rogers Arena before hitting the road for a quick one-game road trip down to San Jose for Thursday night’s game against the Sharks.
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