There are some people out there that believe the Canucks franchise is cursed. Forty-seven years without a Stanley Cup will do that to a fanbase.
The past five days have given Canucks fans even more reason to believe a higher power is controlling their misfortune.
On Friday it was revealed that five players – Troy Stecher, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Markus Granlund, and Mike Chaput – were all showing symptoms of the mumps.
Luca Sbisa left Saturday’s game with the stomach flu.
On Sunday, the team announced that Ben Hutton and Anton Rodin (the latter is already cursed with injuries) also had mumps.
And now, goaltender Jacob Markstrom is out of the lineup.
Before you ask, no, it’s not mumps related…
Markstrom is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, not mumps. Coach Desjardins thinks Markstrom was injured during SuperSkills.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) February 27, 2017
…but it is SuperSkills related.
Word is that Markstrom was not injured during the ‘chariot race’ (pictured above), so it must have come from another part of the event.
With Markstrom out of the lineup and Alex Burrows on his way to Ottawa, the Canucks have called up goaltender Richard Bachman and right winger Borna Rendulic from Utica for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Bachman is a veteran goalie with 42 games of NHL experience, including one with Vancouver last season. The 29-year-old has appeared in 26 games with the Comets this season, posting a record of 12-11-3, with a .909 save percentage.
Rendulic is the first player born and raised in Croatia to play in the NHL. He played in 14 games with the Colorado Avalanche over the past two seasons, scoring one goal and one assist.
— Jon Abbott (@HockeyAbbs) February 28, 2017
Bachman is expected to dress as Ryan Miller’s backup against the Red Wings, while Rendulic is expected to watch from the press box as an extra forward.