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Canucks host Blackhawks with time on Goldobins side
VANCOUVER, British Columbia Nikolay Goldobin lost a teammate, but might have gained more ice time. Alexander Burmistrov departure from the Vancouver Canucks to his native Russia means that Goldobin, a fellow Russian, is in line with others for more playing time when Vancouver hosts the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Where my friend? Goldobin joked in front of reporters Wednesday.Article continues below ... Burmistrov, 26, departed from the Canucks following their 5-4 overtime loss at San Jose on Dec. 21. His disappointment with limited playing time was well known, but he denied it prompted him to go home. He produced only two goals and four assists in 24 games with the Canucks after signing as a free agent from the Arizona Coyotes in the offseason. The Canucks granted Burmistrov his release which had curious timing because the NHL roster freeze was supposed to be in effect around Christmas Duncan Keith Jersey. Postmedia reported Wednesday that he signed with his hometown team, Ak-Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League. I honestly didnt know, Goldobin said of Burmistrov intention to leave. He was my good friend. He older, he helped me a lot, he was like my Russian dad, but I have a good team, good friends here. Goldobin, 22, was acquired from the Sharks on the eve of the trade deadline for Jannik Hansen. The Moscow native is considered one of the most promising young Canucks forwards because of his offensive abilities. With only a goal and an assist in eight games, Goldobin has not played as much as he and many talk-show callers had hoped. But Goldobin, who has also played in the minors this season and spent most of his tenure with the Sharks organization on the farm, is not complaining. I dont want to go now, Im in the NHL right now, he said flatly. Not thinking about it. The Canucks lost another Russian in the summer when defenseman Nikita Tryamkin also decided to return home. It was clear that Tryamkin was uncomfortable with the North American lifestyle. Goldobin has appeared extremely comfortable off the ice, but Canucks coach Travis Green wants him to create some discomfort for opponents on it. Green is also seeking a much better defensive effort from his injury-riddled club, which is 1-7-1 since top center Bo Horvat was sidelined with a fractured foot Youve got to be on the right side of the puck CM Punk Jersey, Green said. Youve got to commit to it. Green does not question the commitment of rookie Brock Boeser, who is on a three-game goal streak. Unfortunately, the goals did not make much of a difference because the Canucks have lost four straight games. Personally, it obviously going good, but it would be a lot better if we were winning games, Boeser said. Boeser will not be shooting at veteran Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford Brandon Saad Jersey, who was placed on injured reserve for the second time this month with an undisclosed problem. Anton Forsberg is Chicago anointed starter for now. Forsberg is 1-4-3 with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 11 games this season. The Blackhawks called up journeyman Jeff Glass, 32, from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs, to play the backup role. Glass backstopped Canada to the 2005 world junior championship. The Calgary native was named Canadian junior hockey goaltender of the year in 2005. But Glass, who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 89th overall in 2004, has yet to play an NHL game after bouncing around the minors and KHL. Depending on Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville mood, Glass could get another chance to shine in British Columbia, where was a standout in junior with the Kootenay Ice, or later in his home province of Alberta, where the Blackhawks head after Thursday for games against Calgary and Edmonton. The Blackhawks are looking to end a two-game losing skid. As for skaters who will stop Boeser and company, Quenneville probably will lean heavily on fourth liners Lance Bouma, who played junior in Vancouver, and Tommy Wingels. Former combatants while playing for Calgary and San Jose, the two wingers now get along quite well. I dont know if was that great, Bouma told the Chicago Tribune https://www.blackhawksoutlet.com/Anton_F..._Jersey-39. I think he could probably say the same thing. We got after it a little bit on the ice. Wingels suggested the two, who are known for their abrasiveness and ability to score timely goals, have put their hostility for each other behind them. You get excited when a similar guy you know, who thinks the game the same way, signs , Wingels told the Tribune. Whatever happened in the past is the past.

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