The injury bug continues to bite hard on the Vancouver Canucks
' defense group, as for the third time in the last four games, they saw a blueliner leave a game with a serious injury.
On Monday, it was Andrew Alberts
, who broke his wrist blocking a shot in the second period of a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues
Alberts will be out for undetermined amount of time.
The Canucks already are missing Dan Hamhuis
, Keith Ballard
and Alexander Edler
. Ballard went out with a knee injury Feb. 7 against the Senators, and Hamhuis was lost due to a concussion Feb. 9 against the Ducks. Edler hasn't played since Jan. 24 due to a back injury.
"Injuries are part of the game and as a group you've got to pull together and find ways to win hockey games."
-- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault
"Injuries are part of the game and as a group you've got to pull together and find ways to win hockey games," coach Alain Vigneault
said following Monday's game. "Obviously we're getting tested right now, but we're going to fly to Minnesota and have a couple of good meetings tomorrow and come up with a plan that's going to give us an opportunity to win (Tuesday)."
The loss was the Canucks' second in their last three games, but their 81 points remains the best in the League. They have a four-point lead on Philadelphia in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, and they are seven points ahead of Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.
, a 2008 second-round draft pick, has been recalled from AHL Manitoba, where he had 3 assists in 20 games. Last season, with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he had 36 points in 61 games.