Skip to content

Kesler back for Canucks tonight versus Coyotes

Apr 8, 2013, 2:34 PM EST

Ryan Kesler Getty Images

Ryan Kesler will be back in Vancouver’s lineup tonight when the Canucks host the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kesler has only appeared in seven games this season. The 28-year-old center missed the start of the year while still recovering from offseason surgery, then broke his foot upon returning in February.

“It’s exciting,” he said today. “It’s been a tough year so far. Now it’s time to get some games in.”

With just 10 games left before the playoffs start and little practice time scheduled, Kesler says the plan is to play himself into shape.

Tonight, he’s expected to skate on a line between wingers Mason Raymond and Zack Kassian.

The Canucks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games — a stretch that’s featured outstanding goaltending from Cory Schneider, who will reportedly make his 11th straight start tonight as Roberto Luongo remains on the bench.

Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev will sit out with a leg injury.

Related: Kesler ‘itching big time’ to return before playoffs

Latest Posts
  1. Canucks’ Dorsett suffers upper body injury in loss to the Ducks

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:45 AM EST

    Derek Dorsett Getty Images

    Vancouver has now been shutout in back-to-back home games.

  2. Letang’s five assists help the Pens past the Jets

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:00 AM EST

    Kris Letang Getty Images

    Pittsburgh was without Crosby and Malkin.

  3. Trade: Pens acquire Lapierre from Blues for Goc

    Jan 27, 2015, 10:45 PM EST

    Maxim Lapierre AP

    Both players are unrestricted free agents after this season.

  4. Halak, Islanders beat the Rangers for a third time this season

    Jan 27, 2015, 10:15 PM EST

    Travis Hamonic, Jaroslav Halak AP

    Okposo missed his first game due to an upper body injury.

  5. Video: Habs’ Emelin ejected for hit on Stars’ Spezza

    Jan 27, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

    Alexei Emelin. Alexei Emelin.

    Received a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.

  6. Stars’ Nichushkin begins skating

    Jan 27, 2015, 8:30 PM EST

    Valeri Nichushkin Valeri Nichushkin

    The 19-year-old underwent hip surgery in November.

  7. Video: Mason replaces Emery in the Flyers’ net

    Jan 27, 2015, 8:05 PM EST

    Steve Mason AP

    The Philly starter allowed two goals on the first four shots.

  8. Report: Canucks take Markstrom off the market

    Jan 27, 2015, 7:35 PM EST

    Jacob Markstrom Jacob Markstrom

    Jim Benning was “exploring” a trade for the goaltender.

  9. WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Hurricanes (7:30 p.m. ET)

    Jan 27, 2015, 6:30 PM EST

    J.T. Brown, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin AP

    Tampa has won both meetings between the two clubs this season.

  10. Coyotes could give Domi his NHL debut this season, says Maloney

    Jan 27, 2015, 5:06 PM EST

    Phoenix Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks Phoenix Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks

    “There’s a potential even to bring him to Arizona for at least a cup of coffee at the end of the year.”

  11. Isles begin life without Okposo, but get Grabovski back tonight

    Jan 27, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

    Mikhail Grabovski, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kyle Okposo Mikhail Grabovski, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kyle Okposo

    He’ll play on the top line with John Tavares and Josh Bailey against the Rangers.

Featured video

Who will excite most in All-Star game?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (3359)
  2. S. Crosby (3312)
  3. K. Letang (3217)
  4. S. Bobrovsky (2904)
  5. C. Price (2484)
  1. P. Hornqvist (2373)
  2. T. Johnson (2239)
  3. J. Ortio (1959)
  4. P. Rinne (1946)
  5. M. Richards (1735)