After starting the 2022-23 season in disastrous fashion, losing in each of their first seven games, the Vancouver Canucks finally got to savor victory, twice rather than once, and more good news awaited them on Sunday. : their defender Quinn Hughes will be able to return to training.
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Their star defenseman has played the first five games of the campaign, but hasn't laced his skates since Oct. 20 due to a lower-body injury.
Prior to his absence, he had blacked out the scoresheet five times and was averaging 27:14 per game, the second-highest total among any National League skater, behind only the Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty.
“I thought this problem was behind me, but after each game it got worse and worse, until the point where I understood that I had to stop for a moment, explained the back, whose remarks were picked up by the National League website. I feel really good now, hoping that's definitely behind me."
Hughes will find some familiar faces for his return to the game: he will face the New Jersey Devils, which includes his brother Jack, on Tuesday at Rogers Arena.
"It's not fun being injured, so I'm glad to be back and it should be fun, especially against the Devils, since my brother and my parents will be in town. We need the points, but it should be fun.”
The slow start to the season didn't seem to affect the British Columbia roster too much in the standings, however, as they have six points in nine games, just four points shy of a top-three spot in the division. Peaceful.