NHL: Alex Edler returns from injury, Vancouver Canucks head to Los Angeles
Canucks quarterback Alex Edler returns to Vancouver's lineup tonight, ahead of the team's visit to Los Angeles. The Canucks have lost both their games against the Kings this season, losing three times by scores of 5-1, 3-2, and 3-1.
In their most recent matchup, the Canucks dropped a 1-0 third period lead on January 4, 2014 and also lost their starting goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was bulldozed by Dustin Brown after the Kings captain tied the game.
Edler has been out since December 3, 2013, suffering an injury against the Nashville Predators. The defenceman – one of the Canucks most used powerplay quarterbacks, along with Jason Garrison and Dan Hamhuis – has three goals and nine points in 27 games this season.
His return to Monday's lineup was confirmed an hour ago to Black Press, over Twitter:
.@VanCanucks Love it. Cheers.— Black Press BC (@BlackPressMedia) January 13, 2014
Edler was a full participant in Vancouver's practice and workouts on Sunday, skating with both Yannick Weber and Frank Corrado.
"I had a good practice today and we'll see tomorrow," Edler said at the time (Canucks.com). "Mentally, I'm ready."
Edler appears closer to returning than either Luongo or injured winger Alex Burrows, although all three have been skating and working out with the team.
Eddie Lack has been starting in goal in place of Luongo and is coming off an impressive, 30-save victory against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, in a 2-1 win for Vancouver.
Zac Dalpe has also been taking more shifts with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in practice, after the former fourth-liner played over 14 minutes on Friday's top line and picked up his second goal of the season.
David Booth, who has missed two straight games, has been practicing on the fourth line – in Dalpe's place, perhaps – with Mike Santorelli, Dale Weise, and Darren Archibald.
Canucks coach John Tortorella said Booth was "banged up".
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