Canucks slim playoff hopes take a hit with Brock Boeser out indefinitely

Brock Boeser
Mar 24, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (6) takes a breather during a TV timeout against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks chances of making the playoffs took a hit as forward Brock Boeser is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

The team made the announcement on Tuesday.

Brock Boeser out indefinitely

Boeser sustained the injury after being unintentionally hit by teammate Elias Pettersson during the latter’s check on Ben Hutton in the second period of Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. Boeser, who was holding his right arm after the hit, returned for the third period.

Boeser, 25, has recorded 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) in 64 games this season. He is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

He has 248 points (117 goals, 131 assists) in 317 career games since being selected by the Canucks with the 23rd overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Canucks fighting for playoff spot

Vancouver currently sits 8 points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the final wild card spot in the west. The Canucks also have a game in hand with 12 to play and will face the Knights in Vegas on Wednesday.

Per Money Puck, they only have a 1.3% chance of making the postseason, but a win tomorrow night would increase their slim chances.

The Canucks tragic number is 8 per the site Playoff Status.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report