Brandon Sutter will be out the rest of the season for the Vancouver Canucks.
The 30-year-old center will have surgery to repair a sports hernia on his right side; the Canucks said Tuesday his expected recovery timeline is 6-8 weeks. He had a similar procedure on his left side in 2015.
Sutter has not played since Feb. 9. He has six points (four goals, two assists) in 26 games this season. The 11-year veteran has 260 points (135 goals, 125 assists) in 683 NHL games.
The Canucks (27-30-9) are 0-2-1 in their past three games and are eight points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV).