Canucks send Baertschi home from trip with concussion

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After sticking with the club following his concussion on Tuesday night in Nashville, Sven Baertschi is now on his way back to Vancouver.

Per the Province, Baertschi didn’t travel with the club for its Saturday matinee in Boston, and was instead returned to Vancouver for further testing. The 24-year-old was concussed on a hit from Preds forward Cody McLeod early in Tuesday’s game, didn’t return, then proceeded to sit out last night’s 3-0 win in Columbus.

Losing Baertschi will hurt — he had 27 points through 50 games, and sits third on the team with 13 goals — but head coach Willie Desjardins did adjust the lineup for last night’s game at Nationwide, and things worked out.

Mikael Granlund moved up to play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, while Loui Eriksson played with Brandon Sutter and Jayson Megna.

Jannik Hansen filled Baertschi’s role on a line with Bo Horvat and Alex Burrows.

Looking ahead, Vancouver’s all-important road trip continues at TD Garden this weekend, Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh on Tuesday and St. Louis on Thursday. The Canucks will need more results like the one in Columbus if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.