NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks are running out of defensemen after losing Kevin Bieksa to a broken left foot.
Bieksa was hurt blocking a shot Tuesday in Minnesota, but finished the game before tests Wednesday revealed the injury. X-rays were negative, but Bieksa said Thursday in Nashville that a CT scan showed a small break. He will be re-evaluated when the Canucks return to Vancouver and says there's no timeline for his return yet.
"I kind of knew. I had a feeling," Bieksa told reporters after the morning skate. "We get hit in the foot probably thousands of times with pucks and you kind of have a feeling when there's something wrong so it didn't feel like the usual hit that hurt."
The Canucks called up rookie Evan Oberg from the American Hockey League to take his place in Nashville on Thursday night.
Bieksa is the fourth Canucks' defenseman in the last five games to get hurt, and the sixth to be knocked out of action the last three weeks.
"It's one of those things you can't really control. It's part of the game. It's unfortunate that the string of bad luck that we're having around here, especially on the back end. But not going to sulk for too long. I'm going try and stay in the best shape so when my foot's healed I can step right back in," Bieksa said.