Dan Hamhuis is set to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with an injury.
Dan Hamhuis will play vs. Leafs on Saturday. WATCH: http://t.co/vQLic9Aaan
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 7, 2014
This return couldn’t come at a better time for the Canucks and Hamhuis himself.
The Canucks are heavily depleted on defense and are using at least three usual minor-leaguers on any given night. The return of Hamhuis will give them another veteran on the blue line. That, in turn, will hopefully allow the Canucks to get out of the slump they are currently in.
The good news for Hamhuis about returning in time for tomorrow’s game is that he is a member of Team Canada in the Winter Olympics which are just getting underway. Had he not returned before the break, Canada might have chosen to go with someone else.
That being said, if Hamhuis were to get bumped up tomorrow night and re-aggravate the injury, he could still be taken off the roster. So how tomorrow night ends will have a big impact on his Olympic future.
Hamhuis has been one of the bright spots on a Vancouver team that is struggling to keep up in a very tough Pacific Division. In 57 games, he has totaled 4 goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Not big offensive numbers, but that is usually not what he is counted on for.
The Canucks will need Hamhuis’ defensive abilities tomorrow night especially as they go up against a Maple Leafs team that usually doesn’t have much trouble putting the puck in the net.