The Vancouver Canucks (22-21-6) are expected to get a boost this afternoon as scoring leader Elias Pettersson is likely to return to the line-up against the Detroit Red Wings (18-24-7) at Rogers Arena.
The 20-year-old has missed five games with a knee sprain suffered early in the second period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens January 3. Pettersson practiced with the Canucks at 8-Rinks in Burnaby yesterday and indicated there was a ‘good chance’ he would play today. More proof of that was the fact he spent practice skating on a line with Brock Boeser and Jsoh Levio and took part in first unit power play drills as well. The Canucks were 2-2-1 during Pettersson’s most recent injury and have gone 5-4-2 in the 11-games he has been out of action all season.