Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 05/04/09 at 04:21 PM ET
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun:
Canuck winger Pavol Demitra is not practising today with teammates after absorbing a heavy hit from Brian Campbell during Vancouver’s 6-3 National Hockey League playoff loss Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Demitra appeared to hurt his shoulder on the play but finished the game.
Mason Raymond has replaced Demitra on a line with struggling Ryan Kesler and Mats Sundin for Monday’s practice at the United Center, which has allowed Taylor Pyatt to take regular turns with Kyle Wellwood and Steve Bernier.
Demitra’s day off could be precautionary, or could be a change for game 3. And not all that unexpected, given his play on Saturday night. For godsakes, what is Pavol freakin’ Demitra doing throwing hits along the boards? I can’t recall who he nailed at one point, but he nearly knocked himself unconscious in the process.
Anyway, while losing Demitra would be unfortunate, I can’t say it’s giving me quite the same sick feeling as losing that Finnish glass sculpture (a.k.a. Sami Salo) we like to have playing on defense.
Stresses me out. Maybe someone can remind us about that “defensive depth” the Canucks supposedly have, that we heard so much about during the regular season…
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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