Ryan Miller, Tanev, Higgins Out for Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks will return from the holiday break down Ryan Miller, Chris Tanev and Chris Higgins, coach Willie Desjardins announced on Saturday.

Miller went down with a cramp during a shootout against the Florida Panthers and had to be held out of Tuesday’s game against the Lightning while still dealing with that. His recovery has been slower than expected, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

Miller is 10-11-5 this season with a .909 save percentage.

Jacob Markstrom will be getting the start against Edmonton on Saturday.

Tanev played Tuesday, but is dealing with an undisclosed injury. With Dan Hamuis and Luca Sbisa already out, their defense is going to be tested against Edmonton’s speedy forward group. Vancouver will be icing Bartkowski, Hutton, Edler, Pedan, Biega and Weber as their defensive group. It’s a thin group.

Tanev has posted one goal and four assists through 34 games this season.

Higgins’s injury is also undisclosed. He was held out of Tuesday’s game as well, which was the Canucks final game before the holiday break.

Higgins has two goals and three points through 24 games this year.

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