Canucks notebook: “Rest is a weapon,” says coach Boudreau

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The Canucks were originally scheduled to practice on Saturday, but head coach Bruce Boudreau belatedly changed his plans.

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The Vancouver Canucks were originally scheduled to practice at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

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Then head coach Bruce Boudreau stood up and thought a little more. And what was supposed to be a full practice became an optional practice, with only a handful of skaters in attendance.

The veteran coach said he realized the Canucks were going to be very busy in the coming week and a half and had to lean very heavily on some deep players in the 2 loss -1 in Friday’s shootout against the Florida Panthers. , his players would probably be better off not undergoing the rigors of formal training.

“I just thought yesterday was such an emotional game. And tomorrow (against the St. Louis Blues) will be such an emotional game again. which they train is very, very difficult – and to come back with another effort,” he told reporters of the change in plans.

“There were guys who played more minutes than they had ever played in their career before last night, so I thought pushing them wouldn’t be the right idea today. Rest and resume forces for about six games in 10 days from tomorrow would also be something.

Matthew Highmore and Juho Lammikko both set career highs in ice time on Friday and would have done so even without being stuck on the ice for more than three minutes each in overtime like they were on Friday.

“I usually tell players rest is a weapon and sometimes it’s better to be off the ice than on the ice,” Boudreau said.

Not much anymore

With JT Miller and Thatcher Demko both on the COVID-19 protocol list, only a handful of Canucks have no longer tested positive for the coronavirus in the past month.

Since Luke Schenn first tested positive on Dec. 12, 2021, 17 other Canucks have spent time on the COVID list.

Of the players on the roster considered NHL regulars, Tanner Pearson, Vasily Podkolzin, Nils Höglander, Quinn Hughes, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Kyle Burroughs have yet to make the roster.

Justin Bailey’s appeal had COVID last September, while Spencer Martin, Mike DiPietro and Sheldon Dries may have tested positive in the American Hockey League, but AHL clubs are not required to report their cases as parent NHL clubs do.

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