David Booth, contrary to the earlier expectations of his coach John Tortorella and general manager Mike Gillis this week, will not play for the Vancouver Canucks tonight.
According to Jason Botchford of The Province newspaper, the winger tweaked his groin during the morning skate prior to Saturday’s exhibition game against the Edmonton Oilers and will not play.
As per Jeff Paterson of Team 1040 radio, Vancouver’s 2011 first-round pick, Nicklas Jensen, enters the lineup with Booth out.
Injuries are nothing new for Booth since he arrived in Vancouver in October of 2011.
He suffered a groin injury at the start of a hastened training camp in January, keeping him out of the lineup for the first four weeks of the lockout-shortened season.
He then suffered an ankle injury on March 16, which later required surgery and ended his season.
Booth had been skating with teammates this week and was expected to be in the lineup Saturday against Edmonton.