The hits just keep coming for the Canucks.
On the same day the team announced that defenseman Alexander Edler would miss 3-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, goalie Anders Nilsson suffered a broken finger Sunday in the team’s morning skate.
“Nilly took a shot in the morning and it didn’t feel right,” coach Travis Green told reporters (via the team’s website). “He has a fractured finger, so (Richard) Bachman will be up (from Utica of the AHL) for a bit. Nilly will be out 2-3 weeks for sure.”
Edler and Nilsson join Chris Tanev, Sven Baertschi and Jay Beagle among injured Canucks. Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson returned from injuries Saturday.
Nilsson is 3-3 in six starts (2.67 GAA, .912 save percentage), splitting time evenly with Jacob Markstrom, who also is 3-3 in six starts and is expected get the bulk of the time in net in Nilsson’s absence.
Edler, who leads the team in ice time (22:20 per game), hasn’t played in two games since he was injured in Wednesday’s shootout win against the Golden Knights. He has five assists in his 13th season in Vancouver.
Vancouver enters Monday’s game against the Wild tied for third place in the Pacific, two points back of the first-place Sharks and a point behind the Oilers.