Banged-up Canucks lose Higgins, Hamhuis for tonight’s game in Boston


The Canucks limped into tonight’s game against the Bruins and, just prior to puck drop, learned they would essentially be playing on one leg.

Olympic defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Chris Higgins, the club’s second-leading goalscorer, have been ruled out for tonight’s game at TD Garden, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. Recently recalled forward Pascal Pelletier will draw in up front, while newly acquired d-man Raphael Diaz will be on the blueline.

It’s unclear what injuries befell the pair, but both reportedly were hurt during last night’s 2-0 loss in Detroit. As such, Vancouver now heads into Boston minus the services of Higgins, Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Chris Tanev, Mike Santorelli, Yannick Weber and Andrew Alberts.

Captain Henrik Sedin, who returned from a six-game absence on Monday, is also not at 100 percent. He only took four faceoffs against Detroit the other night before eventually ceding duties to a variety of players, including rookie Kellen Lain.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?