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UPDATED: Canucks’ Bieksa suffers groin injury

Feb 22, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks defensive corps has remained healthy so far this season – until Friday night.

Canucks blue liner Kevin Bieksa left Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators with what was first described as a “lower body injury.”

He didn’t return to the game. Reports surfaced soon after the Canucks 1-0 win that Bieksa injured his groin.

The injury appeared to have occurred on a Hal Gill hit along the boards in the second period.

Bieksa, 31, had four goals in his last six games prior to Friday.

Canucks fourth line forward Dale Weise scored the winning goal in the third period, while Roberto Luongo, who is just having fun these days, stopped all 23 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.

  1. salmon90 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Suspend Gill for life!! Preds are the cheapest team in the league…what an absolute joke non-call.

    ……….Joking

  2. leepetertk - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Tough for Vancouver because Bieksa is one of their few natural right side defensemen, Tanev being the other. They have been using Edler mostly on that side this year with mixed results. Ballard slid into the right side role in his absence.

    The Canucks are still playing mix-and-match with their 6 defencemen trying to find the right combination that works the best. A little more juggling looks in order without Bieksa. Ballard might slot into the shut down role for now (who else…???).

    Vancouver has used the same six defencemen since opening night. Now it looks like Andrew Alberts will finally draw in.

    • ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:45 AM

      Well, I think it would be easy enough to shift Tanev into a shutdown role with Hamhuis. However, the dilemma then becomes who to play with Edler. We’ve either got to shift him to the right side again (which did NOT go too well) or play him with Ballard (Alberts is obviously out). Ballard has been great lately but I do worry a little that we’ll push him to the breaking point, separating him from Tanev AND moving him to the right side AND putting him with the often unpredictable Edler AND giving him super tough top pairing minutes. Plus, I think Edler plays better with someone more defensively minded. So yeah, I agree. Keeping Edler and Tanev together and putting Ballard with Hamhuis is probably our best bet.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Shutdown role…? The Canucks have no such defence-men in their system…they have have a D so porous it makes the Red Wings’ D look impenetrable! And, Bieksa and Edler are the most over-rated and suspect of the lot; like Ballard, they’re forever caught chasing hits out of position while speedy maneuverable forwards dance around them at will. Hint: when you have to brag on and on about superlative goal-tending, you likely have not so superlative defence-men…

    • kitshky - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Good to see more unbiased and well informed “analysis” from the highcountry…

    • valoisvipers - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      HCBear I would take Edler on my team any day.

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks kitshky, I knew you were a fan…

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