Canucks’ Hamhuis expected to be out till after Christmas

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Sources have indicated to PHT that Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis will be out of the Vancouver lineup until after Christmas.

Hamhuis suffered a lower body injury on Nov. 20 and will miss his fourth game when the Canucks visit the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

PHT has learned that Hamhuis’ “significant lower body injury” is not knee-related, but our source wouldn’t explicitly label the ailment.

Update: Sportsnet’s Dave Randorf reported Hamhuis is suffering from a groin injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury during the first period of the Canucks’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks when his right skate appeared to catch a rut in the ice in the Ducks zone.

Hamhuis, who was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 24, does not require surgery, but will seek a second opinion this week.

He has a history of abdominal and sports hernia issues, which required surgery in the summer of 2011 following a hip check delivered to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

For those who still haven’t seen the play where Hamhuis was hurt, here it is:

In 20 games this season Hamhuis has six assists and a minus-5 rating while averaging 20:36 in time on ice.