Canucks defenceman Edler ‘out indefinitely’

The Vancouver Canucks are without Alex Edler after he was sidelined with an injury, but are filling the void with Andrew Alberts in hopes they won't disrupt their recent winning play.

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler will miss Friday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes and is “out indefinitely” according to assistant coach Glen Gulutzan.

Edler appeared to have injured his right knee in the Canucks 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Swede left in the first period and did not return.

In 27 games for the Canucks this season, Edler has three goals, nine assists, a minus-12 rating and leads Vancouver in average ice time at 23:26.

This is the latest injury the Canucks are dealing with, as forward Alex Burrows is expected to miss the next month with a broken jaw.

Gulutzan told reporters that Andrew Alberts, who hasn’t played since Oct. 24, will replace Edler on the blue line. Alberts has played in just three games for the Canucks this season, two of which were as a fourth-line forward.

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