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The Vancouver Canucks were back on the ice today ahead of their trip to Calgary to face the Flames on Wednesday. But you’d be forgiven for not noticing, given the big statement that dropped during practice.
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- There’s a surprise new winger skating next to Horvat and J.T. Miller: Jack Studnicka. It’s not an entirely surprising move, either. Studnicka has shown flashes of pretty skilled puck handing in recent games, and could find a new gear in a more prominent role. The odds are slim on that front, but it can’t hurt to try.
- On the blue line, Quinn Hughes and Ethan Bear skated together today, with Luke Schenn moving to the second pair with Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The prospect of the Canucks’ two best defenders playing on a pair is something that fans have been clamouring for since the midseason trade that brought Bear to Vancouver. The only big concern now is whether or not it will expose the Canucks’ lack of depth behind them.
What Was Said
J.T. Miller talked about the extra practice time the Canucks have had over the last week and the benefits that come with it.
“We’re enjoying a couple of extra practice days and hopefully feel a lot rested up for tomorrow,” Miller said. “Obviously getting more reps in practice is going to help because we have a lot of stuff to work on.”
Miller also talked about what Studnicka brings to the table. “He’s just a straight line player and he’s got skill. He adds a lot to our team.”
After talking about his future with the Canucks, captain Bo Horvat discussed his team’s first matchup of the season against the division rival Flames.
“Obviously we know what they’re all about and and how they play. A big, strong, heavy team and are really good defensively. So we gotta bring our best tomorrow night,” Horvat said. “It’s gonna be a tough challenge for us, but I think we’re up for it.”
Horvat was also asked about former Canuck Chris Tanev’s freak injury sustained last night. “I sent him a text last night and he said he was doing a lot better and he’s obviously feeling better. So I’m happy he’s going to be okay and then hopefully he’ll get back in the lineup soon.”
The Canucks and Flames face off Wednesday night at 7:00 PM Pacific.