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VANCOUVER – Just for fun, imagine the Vancouver Canucks fully healthy – you’ll have to think hard because it hasn’t happened since Game 3 – and make a list of their National Hockey League players in order from best to worst.

Now, cross out the guys who are injured.

Don’t worry too much whether you have Bo Horvat or Brock Boeser at the top of the list because they’re both out for now. Defenceman Chris Tanev is probably No. 3. He’s hurt, too. And whether you have injured winger Sven Baertschi ranked ahead or behind Danny and Hank Sedin, he’s somewhere in the top seven.

Some of you may have shutdown (and penalty-killing) forwards Brandon Sutter and Derek Dorsett in the bottom half of your lists, but based on role and ice time under Canuck coach Travis Green, they’re probably both inside the top 10. Top 12 at worst.

The Canucks, in a span of about three weeks, have lost six of their top 10 or 12 players.

Which is why that warm breeze rushing east over The Rockies on Monday afternoon was British Columbia exhaling that Boeser’s injured foot will keep the talented 20-year-old out a matter of days, not weeks.

When the Calder Trophy candidate, who leads the Canucks with 17 goals and 30 points in 31 games, crawled excruciatingly off the ice Sunday and hobbled away after being drilled by Mark Giordano’s shot, it seemed any lingering hope for Vancouver’s season was leaving with him.

But a CT scan Monday confirmed that Boeser had escaped any fractures to his left foot — by far the best injury news the Canucks have had during a dark, bleak December.

“It’s good news that it’s not broken,” general manager Jim Benning told Sportsnet. “I’m relieved because he has been playing so well for us. His shot and his ability around the net to find pucks and make plays and score goals is huge for us. It’s not fractured, so that’s the good news. It’s still a bone bruise and he could be out a little bit. But I’m just glad he’s not going to be out for six or eight weeks.”

The injuries to Horvat (broken foot), Baertschi (broken jaw), Sutter (lower body) and Tanev (lower body) are all long-term. Only Tanev is expected to miss fewer than four weeks. The Canucks hope their seventh injured player, defenceman Erik Gudbranson (upper body), returns soon. He last played on Nov. 22.

Tough luck for the Canucks? Absolutely. They’ve been accustomed to it since they entered the NHL in 1970.

But eight months ago, Vancouver was a 69-point team going nowhere. Until Horvat broke his foot in an awkward solo collision with the boards two weeks ago, the Canucks were 14-10-4 and digging in for a long fight for a playoff spot.

Since then, they are 1-5 and have been outscored 26-6 in the losses. No matter what they say, the Canucks haven’t been close without Horvat and Baertschi and others.

Without Boeser long-term, they’d have had zero chance to stay competitive.

That’s why the sight of him sliding across the ice Sunday was the low point of the Canucks’ season.

“I just thought this can’t be happening,” Benning said. “With the injuries we’ve had so far, like, this can’t be happening.

“I’ve never been a part of teams that have lost this amount of top players. A third of our team is out. No matter how hard you try to plan to have depth in the organization, when you’re six or seven guys down, it’s just too many important players to try to replace. Having said that, the players we have left have to work and compete and be competitive until we get injured guys back.”

It’s stunning how quickly and dramatically the Canucks’ course has changed in a couple of weeks.

With the Montreal Canadiens visiting Rogers Arena on Tuesday, the 15-15-4 Canucks are as near 15th place as the final playoff spot in the Western Conference (four points) and in danger of sinking below .500 for the first time since Oct. 20.

“We had some momentum, our guys were getting some confidence,” Benning lamented. “(But) the players we lost, it’s hard to replace. Until we ran into these injuries. . . we were competitive in every game. We were still competitive when we were missing one or two players, but when you get to six or seven, this is a hard league to stay competitive in.”

Other teams manage it. The Anaheim Ducks, for example, have stayed afloat despite missing titanic centres Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler almost all season.

But the Ducks were a 105-point team last year and are trying to win the Stanley Cup. The Canucks were a 69-point team and are simply trying to improve and build towards something better two or three years from now.

“It just seems like bad luck,” Benning said. “The injuries we’ve had – Sven gets a puck in the face and breaks his jaw, Bo slams into the boards and never really got hit – it’s bad luck. I don’t know what we can do about that. It’s bad-luck things.”

They finally got a good-luck thing on Monday.

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For part of the four minutes that clouded the Florida Panthers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night, Roberto Luongo laid motionless in the crease. His left leg was bent. His right one was straight. His face was pinned to the ice.

On the ice in front of the Panthers bench, James Reimer warmed, stretching out, loosening up as he prepared to replace an injured Luongo for the second time in the season’s first two months. A pair of Florida trainers checked on Luongo on the opposite end of the ice, and Colton Sceviour and Alex Petrovic watched over their teammate.

Luongo would eventually turn over, then limp off the ice, unable to put any weight on his right leg as he left the game with 17:29 remaining in the second period. He disappeared into the Panthers tunnel at 8:40 p.m. It’s unknown when he’ll reemerge again.

After the game, Panthers coach Bob Boughner didn’t have a timeline on Luongo, saying that he’ll be reevaluated Tuesday and get an MRI. Boughner said Luongo was “hobbling a bit” after the game but didn’t know if it would be a long-term injury.

“I don’t really know, to be honest with you, and make a comment on that,” Boughner said. “I don’t know. I would probably say he’s out for Thursday if I had to guess.”

Luongo’s pain stemmed from a save he made on Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock. Pulock blasted a slap shot from the blue line in front of the New York bench, forcing Luongo to kick out his right leg for a pad save. The puck caromed to the boards and Luongo crumpled to the ice.

The injury worsened a night in which Florida lost its third consecutive game, and fell farther behind in its attempt to salvage a slow start. The consecutive wins from last week’s road trip drifted deeper into the rear-view mirror as the Panthers missed an opportunity to climb in the weak Atlantic Division.

Mathew Barzal scored the game-winning goal in the shootout for New York. Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau each missed in the shootout for the Panthers.

“Me, Barky and Huby, we have to be able to put the puck in the net,” Trocheck said.

Keith Yandle and Denis Malgin scored for the Panthers, and Aaron Ekblad and Barkov notched power-play goals for Florida. Yandle and Trocheck each registered multi-point nights.

After replacing Luongo, Reimer struggled. He allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including John Tavares’ go-ahead at 18:21 of the second period. Tavares tucked a shot through Reimer’s legs minutes after Brock Nelson beat him on the rush to tie the game at 3.

Reimer finished the game with 16 saves on 19 Islanders shots.

“Obviously, I wish I would’ve played better in the second,” Reimer said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”

Boughner added: “It was a combination of him coming in cold and obviously, after Louie went down, that took a little bit of wind out of our sails. It took us four, five shifts to find it again. It’s a pretty traumatic thing and it turned the game around a little bit.”

Trocheck was a linchpin in Florida’s second-period push that flipped a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. While already on the power play, Trocheck drew a roughing penalty by New York’s Cal Clutterbuck. The penalty gave Florida a 5-on-3 advantage, which ended two seconds before Ekblad tied at the game at 2.

Fifty-nine seconds after Ekblad’s goal, Clutterbuck again found himself in hot water. After a scrum formed in the far corner of the ice, Clutterbuck banged his stick on the Islanders bench in protest of the officials. He was called for a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.

On the ensuing power play, Barkov buried a shot past Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Trocheck had assists on both power-play goals.

But Florida’s larger concern is not Monday’s game but rather Luongo’s health.

Luongo’s injury is the latest this calendar year for him. In October, he suffered a right hand injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins when his hand was wedged into the goalpost. In March, he missed the last five weeks of the season with a hip injury.

In the offseason, Luongo adopted a new gameday routine that was supposed to prevent his hip injury from returning. He’s taken a new approach to recovering the day after games, including the occasional maintenance day at practice. The measures couldn’t keep Luongo from a pair of early-season maladies.

After returning from a two-week absence earlier this season, Luongo regained the form that made him one of the game’s elite goaltenders. In the 10 games leading into Monday night, Luongo had a .936 save percentage and 2.28 goals against average. He carried the team on most nights, and Boughner often labeled him the team’s best player in some stretches.

“He is a professional in every sense of the word,” Trocheck said. “He’s a leader in every sense of the word. He’s a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. And he’s a great goaltender on the ice. He’s done everything for this team since he’s been in the organization. There’s not much negative you could say about Lu. He’s a great hockey player, a great guy, a great leader.”

Losing Luongo would force Reimer back into the spotlight as the team’s No. 1 starter. In the six games Luongo missed earlier this season, Reimer struggled mightily. He had a .894 save percentage and 3.95 goals against average. He was pulled in back-to-back games as Tampa Bay and Columbus each embarrassed the Panthers.

Reimer appeared to be improving in his last couple games, with a strong effort against the Rangers in New York and a 44-save game Saturday in Carolina.

“It looks like he found his game again,” Boughner said prior to Monday’s game. “He’s making some big saves. Louie’s been solid for a few weeks here. If we get that kind of goaltending, giving us a chance to win every night, again, it’s about us competing and not having 10 or 15-minute lulls.”

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Who are these guys?

And what have they done with the early-season Montreal Canadiens?

In wins over the Rangers on Saturday and Ottawa Monday night, the Canadiens scored 13 goals – equalling their total through the first eight games of 2017-’18.

Despite falling behind 1-0 on Tom Pyatt’s goal 21 seconds into the game, the Canadiens rallied to chase Craig Anderson and rout the home team.

How bad were the Senators?

Erik Karlsson finished the game minus-6. And the perennial Norris Trophy candidate had a grand total of ZERO shots on Al Montoya.

While the home-ice Senators were sucking, the Canadiens got balanced excellence from all four forward lines.

Thirteen Canadiens – including Montoya – made the scoresheet.

Charles Hudon, finally cracking his NHL nut, and the indefatigable Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice.

Alex Galchenyuk played less than 11 minutes … and scored again.

Shea Weber had three assists and finished the game plus-4.

Big Mike McCarron had four hits.

And when the game was still a game, the surprise starter made big stops.

The ludicrous final score notwithstanding, the Canadiens did not play a perfect game. Pucks in the Canadiens’ zone continue to be an adventure, and a better team than Ottawa might have taken greater advantage of the jitters we saw from the Canadiens’ D core.

The rest of the road trip – Minnesota Thursday night, then a Winnipeg-Chicago back-to-back on the weekend – presents greater challenges than the Senators were able to muster in their own barn.

On L’Antichambre, Gaston Therrien said the Canadiens continue to give attacking opponents too many good looks. This will have to be tightened up as the season progresses, and some might argue that the current D corps is substandard.

There were encouraging signs. Victor Mete bounced back with a solid game after a couple of tough outings. Jeff Petry had four hits and continued to bounce back from a subpar start to his season.

I’m not sold on the Karl Alzner-Jordie Benn pairing. With about $9 million to spend, general manager Marc Bergevin has to think about shoring up his back end.

Through the wretched start of the Canadiens’ season, it looked like Bergevin had to go shopping for a forward.

The last two games suggest that might not be a problem … especially if Galchenyuk continues to play his way off the fourth line.

Two Ws in a row, peeps.

Pick out your spots for the parade.