TSN is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks learned Monday that star defenseman Kevin Bieksa will miss up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle. The injury occurred when Bieksa collided with Petr Prucha of the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 29.
Bieksa, 28, will reportedly be in a cast for the next six weeks.
To date, the Vancouver defenseman has 16 points, 49 hits and 79 penalty minutes while averaging 21:48 on the ice per night. Bieksa was third on the Canucks in average ice time; the loss of the physical blue liner is a serious hit to the Canucks defense.
The Blackhawks travel to Vancouver on Jan. 23 during their two-week, eight-game road trip. So far this year, the Blackhawks have split two games with the Canucks. The Hawks lost at home 3-2 on Oct. 21, a game in which Bieksa played 24:55 and was credited with three hits. During the Circus Trip in November the Blackhawks squared the season series with a 1-0 win in Vancouver. In the second game, Bieksa led the Canucks again in ice time at 23:37 and was credited with one blocked shot.