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Boeser to miss next two games for Canucks with upper-body injury

Forward left in third period of loss to Flames

by @NHLdotcom

Brock Boeser will miss the next two games for the Vancouver Canucks with an upper-body injury.

The forward left at 2:30 of the third period in a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena on Saturday following a collision with Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane.

Tweet from @Canucks: Coach Green says Brock Boeser will be out the next two games and then the team will reassess.

"Update is that he'll be out for the next two games and then we'll reassess it," said Canucks coach Travis Green, who added there will be no callups from Utica of the American Hockey League. "It is what it is. He's out for a couple games and that's part of the NHL life. You deal with it and move on. Next man up."

Boeser has 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists), tied for third on the Canucks with center Bo Horvat, and has yet to play a full season in the NHL. His 29 goals were second among rookies to Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor (31) in 2017-18, when he missed the final 20 games with a fracture in his back but was runner-up to New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal in voting for the Calder Trophy given to the top rookie in the NHL. He also missed 13 games last season because of injuries.

"I don't know what the timeline is yet, hopefully not too long, but I can tell he was in a little bit of discomfort after the game, so we'll see what what he's feeling like later," Canucks forward Brandon Sutter said.

"We've talked all year about our depth and that's why you have this kind of depth. That's why we have, you know 15, 16 eligible NHL forwards that proven they can play and that's why we addd guys in the summer. You know injuries are gonna happen, and other guys got to step up. It [stinks] that [Boeser] is out but we [have to] keep pushing."

Vancouver (30-21-5) enters its game against the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena on Monday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV) one point ahead of the second-place Edmonton Oilers and third-place Vegas Golden Knights for first in the Pacific Division, but winless in its past four (0-3-1). independent correspondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this story

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