Boeser is injured, won't play for Canucks tonight

Feb 10 2018, 6:31 am

When it rains, it pours.

Already reeling from three losses in a row, the Canucks delivered more bad news on Friday.

Brock Boeser has a hand injury and won’t play in Friday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boeser played the entire game in Tampa Bay on Thursday, so the severity of the injury is unknown at this point, though head coach Travis Green said he fell on his hand. The Canucks’ prized rookie didn’t appear to be bothered by an ailment when he ripped home his 26th goal of the season 6:28 into the third period.

Also injured is Chris Tanev, who blocked a shot with the back of the leg on Thursday. He hobbled to the bench and left the game for a period of time, but returned.

But wait, there’s more.

Markus Granlund left last game after suffering what looked to be a painful ankle injury. News 1130’s Rick Dhaliwal reports that he’s likely to have surgery on it.

Daniel Sedin was high sticked in the mouth and lost two teeth, but will play.

These injuries are on top of the ones suffered by Brendan Gaunce and Sam Gagner in the previous game against the Florida Panthers. Gaunce and Gagner will each miss a second straight game.

The Canucks will play with 11 forwards and seven defencemen, with call-up Darren Archibald playing in his first NHL game in four seasons.

After being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season, this will be just the second game Boeser has missed due to injury this year. He can ill-afford to miss many more if he wants to win the Calder Trophy this season, as Islanders forward Mathew Barzal currently holds a six-point lead in the rookie scoring race.

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