Vancouver Canucks forward Josh Leivo will miss two to three months with a fractured kneecap, the team announced Saturday.
The Canucks added that forward Brandon Sutter has an upper-body injury that will likely keep him out until after the holiday break, while forward Michael Ferland is “closer,” but doesn’t have a timeline to return.
Leivo sustained the injury during Thursday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, when Vegas defenceman Nick Holden shoved Leivo into the sideboards. The 26-year-old fell hard and appeared to slam his right knee into the boards as a result of the hit. Play immediately stopped, as both teams skated toward the site of the hit to engage in a scrum.
Leivo, who was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Canucks last December, has been enjoying a career year in his seventh NHL season. The former third-round pick has seven goals and 19 points in 36 games.
Coming off an OT win against the Golden Knights, Vancouver (17-15-4) plays the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.