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Canucks G Luongo day-to-day with rib injury; F Morrison out with sore wrist

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have listed goaltender Roberto Luongo as day-to-day with a rib contusion while forward Brendan Morrison's NHL iron man streak is in jeopardy due to a wrist injury.

The Canucks will probably also be without forward Brad Isbister when they play the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on Wednesday night. Isbister strained his hamstring in Monday night's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

"It seems to be coming at us in bunches," Canucks assistant GM Steve Tambellini said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Luongo didn't practise with the team Tuesday. Of all the injuries, losing their all-star goalie could be the most damaging for the Canucks.

"It's kind of a day-to-day thing with any kind of rib bruising," said Tambellini. "We'll just have to wait and see. That's why we kept him off the ice today."

Backup Curtis Sanford is expected to start against the Ducks. The Canucks have also called up goaltender Drew MacIntrye from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

Luongo suffered the rib injury when hit by a shot in a loss against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 2, but played three nights later in a win at Chicago.

Luongo was also in net during Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he stopped Sidney Crosby on a penalty shot in overtime and again in the shootout.

He took the warmup against the Kings but decided he was too sore to play.

"It just got worse over the last two days, and I've been in pain all day," he told reporters after the game. "I was trying to see how I felt in warmups, but it wasn't good enough for me to go. It's not broken, but it hurts when I breathe and it hurts when I move. It's tough to do your job under those circumstances.

"It's day-to-day right now. Hopefully it's just a few days. It's almost got to heal on its own."

Morrison has been playing with a sore wrist most of the season. He returned to Vancouver for an MRI.

"We should know something by tomorrow," said Tambellini. "There is a possibility he could join us by tomorrow but we're not sure at this time."

Morrison has played 542 consecutive NHL games, the longest current streak in the NHL. The all-time record is 946 held by the Montreal Canadiens Doug Jarvis.

Luongo, who was nominated as the league's most valuable player last season, has a 13-10-3 record this year with four shutouts and a 2.12 goals-against average.

Morrsion has eight goals and 12 assists in 30 games while Isbister had two goals and six assists in 26 games.

The Canucks are also without forward Jeff Cowan who is out with a separated shoulder suffered in the loss to Pittsburgh.

Besides MacIntrye, the Canucks have also called up wingers Mason Raymond and Jason Jaffray from Manitoba.

MacIntyre, 24, of Charlottetown, has played 16 games with the Moose. He has a 11-4-1 record, 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

Raymond, 22, had one assist in nine games with the Canucks earlier this season. The Coleman, Alta., native has six goals and eight assists in 17 games with the Moose.

Jaffray, 26, has played in 19 games for the Moose, recording 10 goals and 11 assists.

The Canucks (16-11-3) continue their road trip with games in San Jose on Thursday and Edmonton on Saturday.



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