Coach Travis Green of the Vancouver Canucks needs his team to exert more effort in their upcoming games as some of its players are absent due to injuries.
On Saturday, Svenjamin Baertschi was in a dreadful health condition after the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Vancouver Canucks left winger was flown back to Vancouver after staying in Colorado until Sunday.
Baertschi will not be able to join Coach Green’s team until its final match on Thursday in Chicago as he will be under medical observation.
Thatcher Demko, the Vancouver Canucks’ rookie goalie, was also injured during the team’s warm-ups on Monday.
Goaltender Jacob Markström had to make back-to-back starts then as Demko needed to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure on one of his knees.
Prior to facing the Washington Capitals Tuesday, defenseman Guillaume Brisebois was recalled and junior goalie, Mike DiPietro, was being summoned under emergency conditions.
Nevertheless, Coach Green reckoned that DiPietro could participate on Thursday’s match against the Chicago Blackhawks.
On Monday also, Alexander Edler accidentally lost his balance after his skate was caught in the hockey stick of Philadelphia Flyers right winger, Jakub Voráček.
The Vancouver Canucks defenseman lay bloodied and motionless on the ice rink following his terrible, face-first collapse.
Edler had to spend the evening in a Philadelphia hospital to have his concussions treated.
Bo Horvat, who plays as a center for the Vancouver Canucks, felt appalled and uncomfortable seeing his teammate suddenly fall and consequently lose his consciousness.
Coach Green revealed that the X-rays of Edler presented no facial fractures. However, his alternate captain has to take a rest and will not be able to contribute in their upcoming games.
This season, Edler accumulated 20 points or 15 assists and five goals in 38 hockey matches.
The Vancouver Canucks are currently battling the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Their next game will be on Thursday, February 7, against the Chicago Blackhawks at Chicago’s United Center.