January 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (3) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks Defenceman Kevin Bieksa Injures Groin Against Nashville

(Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa tweaked his groin in Friday night’s 1-0 shutout win against the Nashville Predators.

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.

According to Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault, Bieksa will undergo treatment tonight and Saturday in hopes he will be available to play Sunday against Detroit Red Wings.

Andrew Alberts will draw into the lineup if Bieksa is unable to play. He last played a game over 325 days ago on April 3, 2012 when the Canucks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in a shootout.

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.

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