The Vancouver Canucks have traded Anders Nilsson to the Ottawa Senators as part of a five-player deal ahead of their Wednesday contest in Canada's capital. Plus, Canucks prospect Tyler Madden is shining for Team USA at the World Junior Championship ahead of Wednesday's quarterfinal games.
Elias Pettersson tallied his first career hat trick as the Vancouver Canucks started the Eastern Canadian portion of their World Juniors road trip with an overtime win over Ottawa. Plus, Thatcher Demko's call-up is imminent as Mike McKenna is placed on waivers and Canucks prospect Toni Utunen is the unlikely hero for Finland as Team Canada is eliminated from the World Junior Championship in the quarterfinal.
Elias Pettersson's status is questionable after he left Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens with an apparent lower-body injury, but it's hoped that he won't be out long term. The Vancouver Canucks now find themselves short on goaltending depth after Mike McKenna was claimed on waivers, but have recalled Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets.
Though we won't see injured Elias Pettersson on the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, all signs indicate that the move is mostly precautionary. He will sit down for a one-on-one interview with Nick Kypreos to run before Hockey Night in Canada. Back in Vancouver, Quinn Hughes and Tyler Madden of Team USA and Toni Utunen of Team Finland face off for gold on Saturday at the World Junior Championship.
After losing Elias Pettersson to injury and being shut out in their last two games on the road, the Vancouver Canucks will enjoy a light schedule and no travel for the rest of January as they return home after the World Junior Championship.
With Elias Pettersson now on injured reserve for the second time this season, Elliotte Friedman muses on how much time he can miss and still remain the Calder Trophy favourite, plus thoughts on Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser's All-Star chances and parity at World Juniors.
Elias Pettersson and Josh Leivo will both be missing from the lineup when the Vancouver Canucks kick off their six-game January homestand against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena on Thursday.
The Vancouver Canucks marked their return to Rogers Arena after the World Junior Championship with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes, with Sven Baertschi scoring two goals and Adam Gaudette adding the third.
Elias Pettersson skated on his own on Saturday but remains out of the lineup as Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers visit Rogers Arena for a Sunday afternoon matchup.
The Vancouver Canucks beat the Florida Panthers in the physical game as well as on the scoreboard for their first win in four games on Sunday at Rogers Arena.
Elias Pettersson says he's feeling better every day but his sprained knee is still giving him enough trouble that he'll miss a fourth game as the Vancouver Canucks host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at Rogers Arena.
It took four shootout rounds before a winner was determined, but fans on hand at Rogers Arena were treated to an intense, entertaining contest as the Vancouver Canucks dropped a 3-2 decision in extra time to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. After the game, it was announced that the Canucks had traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Anaheim Ducks; on Thursday, the team recalled centre Tanner Kero for precautionary reasons.
Two weeks after his recall from the Utica Comets, Thatcher Demko earns his first NHL start of the year as the Vancouver Canucks host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at Rogers Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks continued to pull points out of their January homestand as Thatcher Demko made 36 saves to raise his NHL record to 2-0-0 and help his team to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.