Player News - Canucks

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Thatcher Demko is up with the Vancouver Canucks.

It's unclear at this time why Demko was brought up because Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson both appear to be healthy. Vancouver's goalie duo practiced with the team on Monday. Demko has a 3-1-0 record with Utica this season to go along with a 1.26 GAA.
Oct 23 - 5:32 PM

Patrick Wiercioch has been called up by Vancouver.

Wiercioch hasn't seen any action with the Canucks this season. He has one goal in two outings with Utica of the AHL.
Oct 23 - 5:28 PM

Jake Virtanen scored his first of the season Sunday.

Virtanen was placed on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin Friday and it seems a light just went on as Virtanen has been a wonderful addition to the Canucks top-six. He had eight shots on goal Sunday as he was a wrecking machine. Virtanen has been considered a bust since he was taken sixth overall in 2014 but he is only 21 and a lot of players take longer to turn into NHL players. It's hard to recommend him off two games but he certainly has played a lot better this past weekend.
Oct 23 - 9:19 AM

Derek Dorsett scored his fifth of the season Saturday.

Dorsett has been a fantasy gem this season with five goals, six points and 42 penalty minutes in eight games. Now, we obviously do not think he will get 50 goals and 420-plus penalty minutes this season like he has been averaging but the comeback he has made from cervical fusion surgery less than a year ago has been amazing. Currently, he is a must-play.
Oct 23 - 9:00 AM

Troy Stecher left Sunday night's win in Detroit with a leg injury.

"It was a knee-on-knee hit, so we'll see what happens," said coach Travis Green after the game. The 23-year-old had one point in his first nine games.
Oct 22 - 11:20 PM

Jacob Markstrom stopped 20 of 21 shots to lead the Canucks to a 4-1 victory in Detroit on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has been decent through the young season so far, posting a 3-2-1 record, 2.48 goals against average and .908 save percentage in seven appearances. He stopped 40 of 43 shots over the weekend to rebound after a tough start.
Oct 22 - 10:57 PM

Bo Horvat notched two points in Vancouver's 4-1 win over the Red Wings on Sunday.

Horvat has three goals and five points in eight games this season, maintaining a +3 rating while averaging three shots per game. The 22-year-old is developing nicely.
Oct 22 - 10:45 PM

Sven Baertschi's first two goals of the season drove the Canucks past the Red Wings 4-1 on Sunday.

Baertschi now has five points through eight games, a solid start for the 25-year-old who managed 35 points in 68 games last season. Bo Horvat also had two points to help Vancouver win their second straight.
Oct 22 - 10:43 PM

Brendan Gaunce (shoulder) is close to a return to the lineup, according to coach Travis Green.

"He's close to playing," Green said. "We'll make a decision here soon in the next probably four or five days on what to do with him whether it's send him down for conditioning or throw him into a game. But he's definitely getting closer." He had no goals and five assists in 57 games with the Canucks last season.
Source: TSN.ca
Oct 22 - 4:40 PM

Erik Gudbranson will be back in the lineup Sunday night.

He will play against Detroit after serving his one-game suspension for boarding Boston's Frank Vatrano. Alex Biega will be scratched to make room for Gudbranson's return.
Oct 22 - 4:33 PM

Jacob Markstrom will be between the pipes Sunday against Detroit.

Markstrom helped the Canucks record a 4-2 win over Buffalo, with 20 stops on 22 shots, on Friday in his last start. He has a 2-2-1 record this season with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
Oct 22 - 4:27 PM

Erik Gudbranson has served his one game suspension and is eligible to play Sunday against the Red Wings.

Gudbranson missed Friday's game as he was suspended for boarding Boston's Frank Vatrano on Thursday. Gudbranson has 22 penalty minutes with no points in six games this season. Don't expect much offensively from the former third overall pick in the 2010 Draft.
Oct 22 - 10:13 AM

A day after the Vancouver Canucks recalled Patrick Wiercioch from the AHL, they have now decided to re-assign him to Utica.

Wiercioch is a former 2nd round pick of the Senators but never fully established himself at the NHL level. He had 12 points in 57 games with the Canucks last season.
Oct 21 - 6:54 PM

Henrik Sedin hasn't logged 13 minutes of action in each of the last three games.

Sedin earned his third assist in seven matches in a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Friday night. He played 12:17 versus the Sabres. "I think we've had a couple of games where their minutes have been 12½. There's been a couple others where it's been 17, said Travis Green referring to the ice time of the Sedin twins. "I see them going back and forth between those numbers."
Oct 21 - 11:18 AM

Brandon Sutter contributed two assists in Friday's 4-2 win against Buffalo.

Sutter helped set up goals by Markus Granlund and Derek Dorsett (shorthanded) in the contest. He has three points in seven appearances this season.
Oct 21 - 11:14 AM


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