Virtanen (ribs) skated 16:04 and offered up five hits and four shots on goal in a 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday. Virtanen missed 10 games with the fractured rib, but it didn't stop him from imposing a physical toll on the Golden Knights. The winger has 124 hits and 140 shots to go with 22 points in 59 appearances this season. Playing alongside Bo Horvat and Antoine Roussel on the top line could lead to better production for the 22-year-old down the stretch.
Virtanen (ribs) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Vegas. Virtanen has been sidelined since Feb. 14 due to a fractured rib, but the Canucks don't plan on easing him back into action, as he's expected to return to a prominent role Saturday, skating on Vancouver's top line and second power-play unit against the Golden Knights. The 2014 first-round pick has notched 12 goals and 22 points in 58 games this campaign.
Virtanen will miss a month after sustaining a fractured rib. Based on the timeline provided by the club, Virtanen will likely miss the Canucks' next 13 games due to his rib injury. The length of the winger's absence is likely why the team made the move to trade for Ryan Spooner, who figures to get a shot playing alongside Elias Pettersson. Virtanen was bogged down in a six-game goal drought prior to getting hurt and will now have to wait until mid-March before getting a chance to tickle the twine again.
Virtanen (undisclosed) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Virtanen underwent an MRI after exiting Wednesday's game against the Ducks, and the findings clearly weren't encouraging. The Canucks haven't released a specific timetable for the 22-year-old winger's recovery, but he'll miss Saturday's game against San Jose at a minimum now that he's been placed on IR.
Virtanen is expected to miss Thursday's game against the Kings, Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet.ca reports. Virtanen briefly left Wednesday's game before returning and finishing with four shots on goal, a hit and two penalty minutes over 10:50 of ice time. Unfortunately, it appears the issue will cost him the next game as a result, leading to either Tim Schaller or Nikolay Goldobin joining the forward ranks. Virtanen won't have to wait long for his next chance to return Saturday versus the Sharks.
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