A day after telling reporters he was hoping to get Elias Pettersson back this week, Travis Green has extended the expected timeline for his star player’s return to the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup.
“He’s probably going to be at least another week,” the Canucks head coach said this morning.
Officially, the Canucks are calling Pettersson’s ailment an “upper-body injury,” which is, of course, hockey speak for “we’re not telling you what his injury is.”
GM Jim Benning told Scott Rintoul on Sportsnet 650 that Pettersson was hurt during the first of two games against the Winnipeg Jets last week. Pettersson played the second game, re-aggravating what he was dealing with, according to Benning. He’s been out of the lineup ever since, missing three games and counting.
According to Irfaan Gaffar of The Fourth Period, Pettersson could be dealing with a wrist injury.
Upper body is all we’ve been told. Heard it could be his wrist. https://t.co/nlWQEbW28p
— Irfaan Gaffar (@irfgaffar) March 9, 2021
Defying all logic, the Canucks have won three in a row without Pettersson, after Monday’s thrilling comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canucks play the Habs again on Wednesday and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday before heading on a four-game Eastern road trip.