Vancouver Canucks centre Jordan Schroeder is reportedly close to returning to the lineup after missing the past three weeks with a hairline fracture in his left foot.
Schroeder suffered the injury in his first preseason game when he blocked a shot from Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov on September 21.
The Province’s Ben Kuzma reports Schroeder will not play in Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders, but could as early as Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Probably not Tuesday. But maybe Thursday in Buffalo or perhaps Saturday in Pittsburgh.
“He practised well today and I haven’t talked to Bernie [athletic therapist Mike Burnstein] yet and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and see if we can push him more,” said Tortorella. “But he practised very well.”
His return will allow head coach John Tortorella to balance out the lines and move Brad Richardson down to the fourth line.
Through six games, the fourth line has been centred by Zac Dalpe and the line has played minimally—averaging four minutes a night.