Canucks could get 3 injured players back in the lineup tomorrow

Dec 6 2019, 2:11 pm

The cavalry is coming.

After getting Antoine Roussel back in their lineup on Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks had three players rejoin their group at practice on Friday.

Micheal Ferland, Brandon Sutter, and Jay Beagle participated in line rushes on Friday, with head coach Travis Green saying that all three could suit up as early as Saturday’s matinee game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Specific to Ferland, Green said there’s a “good chance” the rugged winger will play his first game since sustaining a concussion in a fight on October 30. Beagle hasn’t played since October 21, while Sutter last suited up on October 12.

With a sudden glut of healthy forwards, the Canucks sent down Nikolay Goldobin to the Utica Comets.

Ferland and Beagle skated with Tim Schaller on the fourth line (though Zack MacEwen rotated in with Ferland) according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. If that line holds true for Saturday, Loui Eriksson and MacEwen would be the likely healthy scratches.

Points are incredibly important for the Canucks right now, given they’re tied with three teams (Minnesota, San Jose, and Calgary) for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The Canucks earned two points in their last game against Ottawa, though they were outplayed after jumping out to a 4-0 first period lead. Roussel made an instant impact, scoring on his first shift and providing energy all night long — which is of, course, his calling card.

After Saturday’s game, the Canucks play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday and the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, before going back on the road.