From worse to even worse: Canucks put Hansen on IR

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Things went from bad to worse for the Vancouver Canucks when they had to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday without their two top defensemen, Chris Tanev and Alex Edler.

Now they’ve gone from worse to even worse with the announcement that winger Jannik Hansen has been placed on injured reserve.

Hansen reportedly hurt his shoulder when he was hit hard by Toronto’s Morgan Rielly in the third period of Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Seconds later, Hansen went after Nazem Kadri, who’d controversially hit Daniel Sedin. The speedy winger was given 17 minutes worth of penalties for the altercation with Kadri and did not get to take another shift in the game.

Hansen’s injury is another big blow to a Vancouver side that’s lost eight straight heading into tonight’s game against the Islanders in Brooklyn. The Canucks (4-7-1) have recalled Michael Chaput from AHL Utica. Loui Eriksson will apparently take Hansen’s spot on the top line with the Sedin twins.

Tanev is also on injured reserve, while Edler may get back in the lineup tonight after missing Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury.

The Canucks have three games left on their six-game trip. They play the Rangers tomorrow, then finish it off Thursday in Detroit.

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