Keith Ballard left 4:48 into the third period of Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said the defenceman strained his back in the fight with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
The injury is not believed to be serious, but it is unknown if he will be able to play against the Blackhawks. With a playoff berth locked up, expect the Canucks to err on the side of caution and sit Ballard out if he is not 100 percent.
This means Corrado will likely draw into the Canucks lineup with Ballard’s injury and the team’s lack of right-handed defencemen. The Canucks have played the last three games with six left-handed defencemen and at times it has been an adventure in the defensive zone.
Corrado was re-assigned from the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) to the Wolves just over a week ago after his junior season came to an end. He had two points in three games with the Wolves prior to his recall on Sunday.
According to the official AHL transactions page, Frank Corrado is now a Vancouver Canuck: theahl.com/stats/transact…
— Tyson Giuriato(@TysonGiuriato) April 21, 2013