HOCKEY — 16 January 2013

The Vancouver Canucks, appointed by many as Canada’s best hope for a Stanley Cup; suffered a serious setback on their secondly line with the announcement of left winger David Booth‘s groin injury, which will keep the Canucks’ forward out 4-6 weeks.

The announcement comes serious questions on the Canucks second line as the injury to Ryan Kesler will keep him out for an indefinite period. To fill the void in both spots, it is likely coach Alain Vigneault will go with hard-hitting forward Zack Kassian, and versatile forward Mason Raymond.

The other ramification with these noted injuries involves veteran forward Chris Higgins. Not only will he need to adjust playing with new linemates for an indefinite period of time; he may find himself logging some minutes on one of the power-play units. With their pending season opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, the Canucks are aware that they are going to need a cohesive second line if they have any chance of beginning this shortened NHL season on the right track.


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