VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks will welcome Ryan Kesler back against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night after the Selke Trophy-winning center missed more than a month with a broken bone in his foot, but the injury news wasn't entirely positive after the morning skate.
Defenseman Christopher Tanev will miss the game against the Coyotes after hurting his right leg taking a hit from Calgary Flames forward Tim Jackman in the first period on Saturday night. Tanev went straight to the locker room, returned for the second period and finished the game, but wasn't on the ice with teammates on Monday morning.
"It should be more day-to-day here," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We're going to give him a day today to recuperate and see how he feels tomorrow."
Injuries are nothing new for a Canucks team that also welcomed back forwards Mason Raymond, Zack Kassian and Dale Weise over the last two games. Keith Ballard will return from a broken foot -- ironically it happened while filling in as a forward because of the other injuries -- to take Tanev's spot on the third pairing, but that leaves Kevin Bieksa as Vancouver's only right-shot defenseman, something that has been problematic at times this season.
Here's how the rest of the lineups could look when the Canucks host the Coyotes at Rogers Arena on Monday night:
Shane Doan - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
Chris Conner - Antoine Vermette - Mikkel Boedker
Rob Klinkhammer - Boyd Gordon - David Moss
Kyle Chipchura - Chris Brown - Paul Bissonnette
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone
Keith Yandle - David Schlemko
Rostislav Klesla - Derek Morris
Injured: Zbynek Michalek (lower body), Lauri Korpikoski (upper body)
Notes: Michalek is with the team and skated Monday morning, but won't play.
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Alexandre Burrows
Mason Raymond – Ryan Kesler – Zack Kassian
Chris Higgins – Derek Roy – Jannik Hansen
Andrew Ebbett – Maxim Lapierre – Dale Weise
Dan Hamhuis – ?????????Jason Garrison
Alexander Edler – Kevin Bieksa
Keith Ballard – Cam Barker
Injured: Christopher Tanev (lower body), David Booth (ankle surgery), Manny Malhotra (eye)
Scratched: Andrew Alberts, Steven Pinizzotto, Tom Sestito