Obvious facial damage retains Andrei Kuzmenko out of the Canucks lineup

The Canucks mentioned Kuzmenko wanted medical assessments and did not make the flight to Calgary for Thursday’s recreation.

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Andrei Kuzmenko took a puck to the face Wednesday evening and remained out of the lineup for Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Calgary Flames in an effort to endure medical assessments.

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The Canucks winger took a deflected shot by J.T. Miller to the face late in Wednesday’s recreation at Rogers Enviornment, a 4-3 additional time win over the New York Islanders.

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The puck appeared to hit Kuzmenko sq. within the chin and he instantly crashed to the ice.

Vancouver Canucks' Andrei Kuzmenko (96) is struck by the puck as New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin watches during the third period.
Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko is struck by the puck as New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin watches throughout the third interval. Photograph by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

After writhing in ache and receiving consideration from Canucks athletic therapist Roman Kaszcizj, he left the ice beneath his personal steam.

Kuzmenko didn’t communicate after the sport however each Miller and head coach Rick Tocchet mentioned they thought he could be high-quality. Tocchet mentioned that Kuzmenko could be assessed by the medical employees and maybe have to make a hospital go to.

These post-game assessments meant that he wasn’t capable of be part of his workforce on the flight to Calgary.

Kuzmenko himself took to Instagram to put up that he was doing OK.

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With Pius Suter additionally out with an undisclosed damage, Linus Karlsson was referred to as as much as make his NHL debut.

Karlsson, who was picked up in a 2019 commerce from the San Jose Sharks, signed with the Canucks in 2022 and scored 25 objectives for the Abbotsford Canucks in 2022-23.

He skated on a line Thursday with Nils Hoglander and Sam Lafferty.

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