Tyler Toffoli close to a return to Canucks lineup: report

Aug 19 2020, 4:10 pm

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Missing in action since Vancouver’s opening game of the postseason against Minnesota, the Canucks could be getting Tyler Toffoli back into their lineup very soon.

This is according to a report from TSN 1040’s Matt Sekeres, who says Toffoli is getting closer to returning to the lineup.

Sekeres said on TSN 1040 radio this afternoon that Toffoli skated this morning and he’s “nearing a return.” Toffoli might even make an appearance in the pre-game skate, according to Sekeres, though he’s still “doubtful” for tonight’s game.

A report later in the day from TSN’s Darren Dreger confirms that Toffoli won’t play tonight.

Toffoli suffered a foot injury in Game 1, and was reportedly seen in a walking boot afterwards. Game 6 is scheduled for Friday, and if there’s a need for a Game 7, that’ll take place Sunday.

Given Vancouver’s lack of forward depth, adding a high-end winger like Toffoli would be a welcome sight. Toffoli had 10 points in 10 games for the Canucks before the season was paused in March, and has the experience of winning a Stanley Cup with the LA Kings in 2014.

Without Toffoli, Canucks head coach Travis Green has been forced to play Loui Eriksson on Bo Horvat’s line.

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