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After pulling off two improbable victories in California, the Canucks were back at practice today preparing for their final four games of 2015-16.

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A long, disappointing season draws to a close for the Vancouver Canucks this Saturday. That means you have only four more chances to watch Canucks hockey until the fall. In many ways, the real excitement will begin only when the playoffs are over. But there will be plenty of time for rosterbation, hot stove discussions and idle rumors. For this one final week, the game's the thing.

Canucks were back at practice this morning nursing a new set of injuries. Linden Vey, Sven Baertschi and Chris Higgins were all missing this morning, and it's likely that all are three are done for the season. Line rushes went like this:

That's not a misprint. Andrey Pedan is once again slotted in at forward. Willie Desjardins seems to like Pedan's versatility, though I suspect next year, Pedan will be a full-time defenceman.

According the Jeff Paterson this morning, the Canucks will bring the translator back after Nikita Tryamkin's 10th NHL game on Tuesday. Meanwhile Ben Kuzma made note of strides Tryamkin has taken in the short time he has been in Vancouver.

Links from around the league:

From bad to worse for Tampa Bay, with Steve Stamkos out now Jonathan Drouin is hurt and unable to be recalled.

Pavel Datsyuk's agent didn't exactly quash rumors that Datsyuk might head home to Russia at the end of the season.

Team Canada's winning streak at the IPC Pan-Pacific Championship sledge hockey tournament ended in the gold medal game. Canada lost to the United States 4-1.

Lumby, BC is Kraft Hockeyville 2016. For some reason, though, the NHL is punishing the town by sending them the Edmonton Oilers in the preseason. Poor Lumby. The Oilers will play the Los Angeles Kings.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun say changes are coming to the Senators. Apparently the owner is under the delusion the Ottawa Senators should have made the playoffs.

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