"Probably 3-4 weeks,” coach John Tortorella said of the timeline for Tanev to return.
Vancouver has three-and-a-half weeks left in the regular season and heads into its game Wednesday against the Nashville Predators trailing the Phoenix Coyotes by five points for the second Western Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Canucks may need to win 10 of their final 11 games to have a chance at the playoffs but have four wins in their past 18 games.
"We certainly need to get a streak going or we're done," Tortorella said. "But let's just worry about starting one against Nashville."