Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins will sit the rest of the regular season out with an undisclosed lower body injury. How or when the injury occurred is a mystery. Higgins finished the game against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 8 with no apparent problems, but has not suited up since.
Canucks head Coach Alain Vigneault was vague in his description of the injury, but assured the media that it has nothing to do with Higgins history of staph infections in his foot. Higgins had been playing very well alongside Derek Roy, who the Canucks acquired at the trade deadline.
The Canucks have been playing very good hockey down the home stretch of the regular season. Since the trade deadline, Vancouver has posted a 5-0-1 record. The team as a whole has been rejuvenated, and their offense is scoring at will.
The acquisition of Roy at the deadline, as well as the return of Ryan Kesler has undoubtedly helped the Canucks during this six-game points streak. However, Higgins is an important piece to the team as well. He is a hard skater, crashes the boards, and is not afraid to get himself in the thick of things. Higgins brings a lot of energy that the Canucks will surely miss for the remainder of the regular season.
It is unfortunate that the injury occurred when it did, as chemistry and momentum are very important when it comes to making a deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not to mention, the Canucks still find themselves in a race to win their division, holding a five point lead over the Minnesota Wild with six games to go.