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Willie Mitchell could play Thursday

Defenceman Willie Mitchell says he could return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup Thursday after missing 10 NHL games with a back injury.
But Mitchell and coach Alain Vigneault still seem to be on different pages when it comes to his health. Mitchell, who has been sidelined with a fractured vertebra in his back, skated with the team at practice Tuesday and said he could be ready to play against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
"I'm feeling good, the stiffness is OK," said Mitchell. "We will see how it is tomorrow.
"This is the time of year when I play my best hockey, when you're going down the stretch, fighting for a playoff berth."
As long as Willie won't aggravate his injury, I whole-heartedly welcome his return. His stable presence in front of Luongo has been sorely missed.
The Canucks are going to have to put a winning streak together soon, as they are about to play several games against divisional rivals.

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