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Canucks back in a salad with sucker, ground cream damage



Canucks are down in the center and there is concern about their No 1 goalkeeper.

Canucks are down at least one man they lead to California for a crucial three-game refusal.

Brandon Sutter was placed on the damaged reserve list before Monday night's home game against San Jose Sharks.

The center is out with a "lower bodily injury," said Canucks general secretary Jim Benning to Postmedia.

Whether the team reminds Adam Gaudette or another player – or no player at all – would be decided after Monday's match, he said.

It has been a tough move for Sutter in the last 18 months. He missed two months earlier this year with a separated shoulder and last season he was about a serious hip injury that knocked him out of play for 20-plus games.

And then it is the Markstrom question.

The great Swedes were absent from Sunday's exercise, where the team said he and Sutter both needed maintenance days.

Canucks had a very optional morning skate on Monday morning, but Markstrom didn't show up.

It was not until the pre-game rumblings performed as backup Mike DiPietro, an emergency call from junior because of a knee injury to Thatcher Demko, would get the start.

Just before the puck, Canucks announced "Markstrom will not be available to play tonight's match." He sat on the bench, but he could not play; Canucks had emergency back-up Rylan Toth ready and waited in the locker room if they needed him.

This meant that an emergency backup emergency was also made available.

Markstrom's status for the coming road is vital. DiPietro received some help from his peers against Sharks; He is an athletic, talented prospect, but he is far from NHL ready.

If Markstrom can't go … oh boy. They currently have no other healthy goalkeeper on a NHL deal in the system. They would need to sign an AHL goalkeeper – like the current Utica No. 2 man Michael Leighton – or someone like Jeremy Smith, currently in Bridgeport; Chris Driedger, had a .921 in AHL for 13 games this year; Jamie Phillips had a .912 in AHL last year and is now in ECHL; or maybe guys like Ken Appleby or Jeff Glass.

This is a little pickle in the fold that Canucks could find.

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