Luongo Down, Don't Jump!!!
The Canucks had a big void in practice as Roberto Luongo is absent with an injury. There are few details but reports indicate that Luongo will miss at least a few games. Last season Luongo missed a significant portion of the season after tearing a groin muscle in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The reports also do not mention what the injury is but speculation it is his shoulder as a result from an incident with Todd Bertuzzi in last nights 5-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Luongo recently earned his 21st shutout as a Vancouver Canucks making him the franchise leader in all categories. In fact, Luongo is the franchise leader in all goaltending categories except for Goals Against Average, that is still owned by Dan Cloutier. However, Luongo allowed 5 goals last night and the Canucks saw their three game win streak snapped.
Luongo was not the only Canuck player to go down last night either. In a very scary incident Ryan Johnson lost an edge at full speed only a few feet from the end boards. Johnson went heavily into the boards and lay motionless for several minutes. Fortunately he has full movement and was conscious but was taken to the hospital for further observation.
Update: Roberto Luongo has a hairline rib fracture and will be out indefinitely. Expect the Canucks to call up Cory Schneider from the Manitoba Moose.
Just when it appeared as though the Canucks' injury concerns couldn't get any worse the Vancouver Canucks will be without netminder Roberto Luongo for at least a week as the Canucks' captain deals with a hairline fracture in his ribs.
It is not all doom and gloom for the Canucks, however, as Sami Salo returned to practice as did Rick Rypien. Daniel Sedin is expected to have the cast on his foot removed tomorrow and could return late next week.