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Virtanen expected to be out one month for Canucks

Forward fractured rib in game against Ducks on Feb. 13

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Jake Virtanen is expected to be out one month for the Vancouver Canucks because of a fractured rib, coach Travis Green said Monday.

The 22-year-old forward has set NHL career highs in goals (12) and points (22) this season. The No. 6 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft has 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists) in 198 games with the Canucks.

The injury occurred Feb. 13 when Virtanen collided with Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf at 17:20 of the first period in a 1-0 loss. Getzlaf received a minor penalty for interference on the play.

Virtanen could be replaced in the lineup by forward Ryan Spooner, who was acquired in a trade from the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday for forward Sam Gagner. Spooner practiced Monday with the Canucks (26-27-7), who trail the Minnesota Wild by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

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