Bieksa left the game in the second period and did not return after being hit by Predators Hal Gill, but he was seen grimacing in pain prior to the hit.
The Chicago Wolves play Saturday in Peoria against the Rivermen, so it’s possible the Canucks may elect to send Alberts to the Wolves for a one-game conditioning stint before dressing him Sunday against the Red Wings.
Bieksa may not be only defenceman hurting as Dan Hamhuis is having issues with his hand after catching a shot with his right hand road hockey-style against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. He didn’t miss a shift that night, but was seen icing his hand in between shifts. Hamhuis played and led the Canucks defence in minutes with 26:10 against the Predators so it appears he is fine, but it is something to keep an eye on.
Through 17 games, the Canucks are the only team that have used the same six group of defencemen the entire season. The top-six consisting of Bieksa, Hamhuis, Alexander Edler, Jason Garrison, Chris Tanev, and Keith Ballard have been shuffled around, but none have missed a game. The team has yet to lose a player to injury during the regular season either.