Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler will not return to Saturday’s contest against the Washington Capitals, the team announced.
The 33-year-old suffered an upper-body injury before leaving the contest at 11:06 of the first period. While the exact nature of the injury has not been specified, Sportsnet’s broadcast crew located a possible incident in which Edler may have been cut by a skate.
Edler and Capitals forward Travis Boyd were battling for the puck when Boyd dropped to the ice with his skate in the air. Slow-motion replays showed the blade may have clipped Edler under his right arm.
While a cut in that location would be categorized as an “upper-body” injury, it has not been confirmed that this incident was the cause of his departure.
Edler has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 23 games this season with the Canucks.