News: Miller (knee) faced shots at Thursday's optional practice, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: It's a positive sign for the goalie, but there still appears to be significant doubt that he'll be back before the regular season draws to a close. For the moment, the Canucks seem to be eyeing a postseason return for Miller, but given that he hasn't played since Feb. 22, it may be difficult for him to immediately win back the No. 1 goalie role.
News: Richardson (ankle) participated in Thursday's morning skate, but remains questionable to play later in the evening against the Avalanche.
Impact: Richardson was able to practice with the team Wednesday as well, but with the center suggesting he'd likely be day-to-day for the remainder of the season, his availability may remain in question for any given night. That sort of unreliability makes it tough to justify rostering him, even in deeper formats.
News: Lack is slated to start Thursday's game against the Avs.
Impact: Lack, who has won four of his last five starts, will look Thursday to help the Canucks earn four straight wins for the first time since they last accomplished the feat, between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1.
News: Hamhuis registered an assist in Tuesday's win over the Jets.
Impact: It's the 18th point of the season for Hamhuis, all of which have been assists. That lack of diversity in scoring isn't unusual for defensemen, but with Hamhuis' assist production by itself rather meager, there's not a whole lot to be gained by rostering him in most formats.
News: Richardson (ankle) could be limited by his injury for the remainder of the season.
Impact: Richardson said he tweaked his ankle a week ago against the Jets and is viewing himself as day-to-day on an ongoing basis the rest of the way. While he was able to practice Wednesday, Richardson said that the inability to control his movements during games can present issues. He's been forced to sit out the last four games as a result, and there's no indication when he might draw back in. It could happen as early as Thursday against the Avalanche if Richardson indicates he feels comfortable enough his ankle during the Canucks' morning skate to give it a go later that evening.
News: Clendening was reassigned to AHL Utica on Wednesday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Clendening has been a healthy scratch for the Canucks' last several games with the team returning blueliners Kevin Bieksa (hand), Alex Edler (upper body), and Chris Tanev (concussion) from injury. With no opening in the lineup forthcoming, the Canucks determined Clendening would be better off playing regularly in the minors.