Baertschi netted two goals in Saturday's win over the Kings. Baertschi is meshing well on the second line with rising star Bo Horvat and has reached the 30-point mark for the first time in his career. The 24-year-old has now put up points in back-to-back games after returning from a nine-game absence related to a concussion. The former Flame isn't a massive producer, but he's tallied 15 goals and makes for a solid play in some deeper leagues. Baertschi's top-six role and growing confidence make it seem like he could be a decent contributor down the stretch.
Baertschi is projected to return for Thursday's game in San Jose after missing the last nine games to a concussion. While Baertschi technically remains on injured reserve for the time being, the amount of time he's sat out is comparable to a normal recovery from a concussion and all signs point to him returning, so he'll likely be removed from IR prior to puck drop Thursday. With four other Vancouver forwards in the ranks of the injured, the team will surely appreciate it if Baertschi can return sooner rather than later.
Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Tuesday that Baertschi (concussion) won't play against the Red Wings, but noted that he hopes to have the winger back for the road trip that starts Thursday in San Jose. Desjardins offer a specific return date, but it appears as though Thursday's contest isn't out of the question; his status should be updated again closer to that tilt. With 13 goals and 14 assists through 50 games, the 24-year-old winger needs just two more points to set a new career high.
Baertschi (concussion) is working out, but will not be ready to play for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports. Per general manager Jim Benning, there is still no timeline for Baertschi's return and this is not especially surprising, as nailing down timetables for concussions can be notoriously tricky. However, with mumps spreading rampantly throughout the Canucks' locker room, the team is probably hoping that Baertschi can get through the concussion protocol sooner rather than later.
Baertschi (concussion) is still on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Baertschi remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return to Vancouver's lineup, and will almost certainly miss a fifth consecutive game Thursday against St. Louis. The Swiss forward has yet to resume skating, so a more definite timeline for his return to game action should be established once he's able to start participating in on-ice activities.
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