Vancouver Canucks right winger Jannik Hansen left the game against the New York Islanders after playing just one shift in the second period and did not return.
Hansen was cutting towards the Islanders net when he was hit by defencmean Brian Strait. He skated to the Canucks dressing room hunched over—appearing to favour his shoulder.
There was no update on Hansen’s injury status after the game, but it looks like he will be out at least Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
Hansen’s injury means there’s a good chance David Booth will return to the lineup after sitting out against Islanders as a healthy scratch.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella was blunt and to the point when explaining the decision to scratch Booth and dress defenceman Andrew Alberts as a forward.
“He’s not doing enough to play,” said Tortorella. “Plain and simple.”
Alberts ended up playing only a 37-second shift on defence with Jason Garrison and wason the ice when Brock Nelson potted his first NHL goal. Sestito did not play much either as Tortorella elected to play only three forward lines.
The Canucks could deploy either Alberts or Yannick Weber at forward next game or bring up a forward from the Utica Comets. They have their home opener on Wednesday against the Albany Devils.