Canucks’ Kevin Bieksa (hand) out indefinitely

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

According to the team, the 33-year-old will require surgery.

Erik Erlendsson reports Bieksa suffered the injury after taking a Victor Hedman shot to the hand in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bieksa is a key piece of the Canucks defense averaging over 21 minutes a night in ice time. He has nine points and a minus-4 rating in 45 games this season.

Bieksa’s injury is the second significant one to the Canucks’ blue line this season. Dan Hamhuis missed 21 games with a groin injury and just recently returned to action.