Boeser could return to Canucks against Kings


VANCOUVER – Brock Boeser He joined his Vancouver Canucks team-mates in training for the first time on Monday after losing more than three weeks with a groin injury.

Boeser will be a play-time decision against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (22:00 ET, SNP, FS-W, NHL.TV) and hopes to be back to the line-up against the Golden Knights Vegas on Thursday, market. He is the sixth in the Canucks in scoring with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) despite playing 13 of the 26 games.

"It's been a while since I started skateboarding with the guys, so it was nice to go out and skate with them and it felt good," Boeser said. "Let's see how I am (Tuesday) in the morning and go there. Today was a good first step and if I'm good in the morning, I hope I can play."

Boeser lost a two-game trip between October 24 and 25 with a groin injury but returned to four more games before worsening Nov. 2 against the Colorado Avalanche.

Boeser, who has missed the last 16 games of last season after fracturing a bone in the back, is confident that the groin problem is behind him forever after seeing a specialist.

"I did not want it to last all year because it could become even worse if you continue playing with an injury," Boeser said. "She clarified a few things, obviously I did not have a hernia, and we kind of talked about what was wrong and what we had to fix. I was wary of making sure we knew what the problem was, the root of the problem, and be sure to fix it. "

Getting the Boeser back should help Vancouver, who went 2-7-2 in his last 11 games without him on schedule. Canucks scored 16 goals during an eight-game losing streak before defeating the Kings 4-2 on Saturday.

"He's a big part of our attack," coach Travis Green said. "We miss you."

Boeser practiced Monday at the top line with the rookie center Elias Pettersson, who leads the Canucks with 13 goals and is the second with 21 points, and Nikolay Goldobin.

"We think hockey is the same. He's a skilled guy with a good kick," Pettersson said. "We all know how good the scorer he is, so it's always good to play with a guy who is good at hockey and creates chances for me and him."

Boeser, who also practiced the opposite Pettersson in the first power play unit, hopes they can quickly recover the chemistry they demonstrated before their injury.

"I hope we can build that," Boeser said. "I hope my confidence is still there."


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