The Canucks beat the Islanders on Long Island Sunday, but they lost goalie Ryan Miller to an injury. If it’s serious, the Canucks’ playoff chances may have take a serious blow.
The Canucks are in a dogfight for a playoff berth, and are battling division rivals Calgary, San Jose and Los Angeles – as well as Winnipeg and the hard-charging Minnesota Wild – to make it back to the post-season after missing out in 2013-14. And although they beat the New York Islanders Sunday night, they lost star goalie Ryan Miller to an injury that may seriously impact the rest of his season – and the odds of Vancouver making the playoffs.
The 34-year-old Miller left the game immediately and did not return; the team said he had a lower-body injury and was unlikely to play in Vancouver’s next game Tuesday against the Bruins. Backup Eddie Lack stepped in to make 27 saves as he and Miller combined for a shutout victory over the Islanders, but given that the 27-year-old has just 61 career games of regular-season NHL experience and not a single appearance in an NHL playoff game, Canucks GM Jim Benning may need to look into a replacement for Miller if his injury proves problematic enough.