Canucks’ Brock Boeser to miss Game 7 against Oilers


The Vancouver Canucks have already had to overcome an injury to a star player in these playoffs. They will be without another core player with their season on the line in Game 7. Brock Boeser will miss Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Sportsnet reported that Boeser had a blood clotting problem and the exact date of his return was uncertain.

Boeser missed the Canucks’ practice on Sunday, alongside Tyler Myers and JT Miller, but the absence didn’t seem worrisome at first as Rick Tocchet told the media that the absences of those three players were related to “maintenance.” .

That’s bad news for Boeser, who overcame major adversity to have the best season of his career.

What does this mean for Game 7?

Boeser’s absence is a big blow for the Canucks.

The 27-year-old power forward broke out with 40 goals in the regular season and was even better in the playoffs, leading the team by seven goals and 12 points in Vancouver’s 12 playoff games. Boeser’s clinical finishing, net-front presence and knack for finding rebounds have been especially valuable given the limited time and space he has to create offensively in the postseason. Boeser also shined defensively with disruptive stick work, good positioning and attention to detail on Miller’s line that faced Connor McDavid in this series.

The Canucks are already short of top-nine wingers, so this will be a huge test for their depth. One potential fit is that the lineage of Elias Lindholm, Dakota Joshua and Conor Garland could be reunited. The trio skated together in practice on Sunday.

Will the Canucks next move Pettersson to the wing (he played on the flank in Games 5 and 6) and play him alongside Miller? Or will Tocchet keep Miller and Pettersson on separate lines and rely on those two to run the play with less help? Vancouver will have the final change in Game 7 due to home ice advantage, so this will be an advantage in terms of matchups.

Expect to see Garland and Lindholm on Vancouver’s best power play unit (they were the fourth forward in PP1, even when everyone was healthy). At even strength, there will be added pressure on wingers like Nils Höglander, who finally scored his first playoff goal in Game 6, to be at the top of their game.

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