It’s safe to say that December has been the Vancouver Canucks best month so far this season.
The Canucks extended their home game winning streak to six with a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday afternoon, and have now won nine of their last 11 games.
But the win certainly wasn’t the headline after the game. The real headline within this victory for the Canucks was the condition of starting goaltender Roberto Louongo.
Louongo was forced to leave the game late in the first period after getting clipped by Dustin Byfuglien and run over by forward Blake Wheeler. Eddie Lack made 15 saves after taking over and Chris Tanev broke the tie late to secure the win for the Canucks.
So, the question everyone is asking now is - how serious is the injury to Louongo?
Head Coach John Tortorella stated after the game that Louongo had a lower body injury and is day to day. Although this injury is concerning to the team, Canucks fans, and possibly the Canadian Olympic Team, the timing was perfect.
Sunday afternoon’s game was the Canuck’s final match-up before the Christmas break. The team doesn’t play again until December 29th in Calgary.
Hopefully, the time off will allow Louongo to rest and recuperate from this injury. Also, I hope the team will be able to keep this momentum going after the Christmas break.
Regardless, of what happens with this injury, the Canucks have certainly turned things around this past month. I can’t wait to see if the team will be able to keep this impressive home game winning streak going.
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