ST. LOUIS — The Vancouver Canucks' defence will be never right tonight. Never right-handed.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed before his National Hockey League team's game against the St. Louis Blues that right-shot defenceman Kevin Bieksa will be unable to play due to a “lower body” injury he suffered during Monday's 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators.
The Canucks are already without their only other right-handed defenceman, Chris Tanev, who has missed the last four games and is out indefinitely due to an ankle injury.
Bieksa missed seven games with a groin injury earlier this season, but Vigneault indicated it is a different injury this time. He gave no indication when Bieksa might play but the defenceman remains with the team, an indication that his absence may be short.
Cam Barker replaces Bieksa tonight as the Canucks go with six left-shot defencemen, three or whom will be playing the right side.
The Canucks' five-game road trip ends Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
The Stanley Cup playoffs begin in two weeks.
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