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Vancouver Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa Returned to Practice, Lineup Against Los Angeles Kings

Anne-Marie Sorvin – USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa suffered a groin injury during last Friday’s 1-0 win against the Nashville Predators.  He left during the second period and didn’t return to the game.

Bieksa has been out of the Canucks’ lineup for both losses to the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes, but returned to practice with the team this past Friday.  He was to be a game time decision, but he ultimately returned to the lineup tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.  Bieksa told The Canadian Press:

“[It was my] first skate with the guys, it was OK,” the 31-year-old veteran said. “It’s getting better but I don’t have anything too interesting to tell you other than we’ll see how it feels [Saturday].

“It felt good though, I was happy with the way I felt today.”

Bieksa isn’t the only major component that’s been missing from the Canucks as of late.  Shortly after returning to the lineup from a shoulder injury, centerman Ryan Kesler is once again out indefinitely due to a broken foot he sustained from blocking a shot.  Kesler has recorded five points in seven games (1 G, 4 A).

The injuries have taken a slight toll on the team although getting Bieksa back should make somewhat of a difference.  Bieksa has six points in 17 games (5 G, 1 A).

The Canucks play back-to-back games tonight against the Kings and tomorrow afternoon against the Calgary Flames and will be looking to redeem themselves from their past two losses.  Tomorrow’s game against the Flames is set to begin at 5:00.

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