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From the "Canucks Who Are Made of Glass" Files

05/04/2009 at 5:21pm EDT

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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