The Vancouver Canucks, struggling recently with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games, have lost a member of their top line for quite a bit as head coach Travis Green announced that forward Josh Leivo will miss two to three months with a fractured knee cap. It’s a tough injury for the forward, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 26-year-old was injured during Thursday’s game against Vegas when he took a hit from Golden Knights’ defenseman Nick Holden. Leivo appeared to hit his knee against the boards after Holden hit him from behind. There was no penalty on the play and the Department of Player Safety didn’t feel that the hit required any supplementary discipline.
Leivo, skating alongside Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson on the top line, was set to be having a career season as he has seven goals and 19 points this year. His previous career high was last season when he 14 goals and 24 points between Toronto and Vancouver. For the moment, the Canucks have moved Loui Eriksson onto the top line to replace Leivo.