The Vancouver Canucks have confirmed that top scoring Center Ryan Kesler will be out for "atleast a couple of weeks".
Kesler left the Canucks 3-2 shoot-out win over the Winnipeg Jets late in the second period on Wednesday after sustaining a knee injury.
Kesler was involved in a knee - on - knee collision with Jets Forward Jim Slater and has now been confirmed as having a sprained knee.
The injury is a big blow to the Canucks who are four points behind the Dallas Stars in the hunt for the Western Conference's second Stanley Cup wildcard slot.
Vancouver will miss Kesler who has scored 22 goals and has 40 points in 67 games this season.
Coach John Tortorella said: "Nothing we can do about that. Upside is that it gives others an opportunity,"
One player who will be given an opportunity is returning Forward Zack Kassian who is eligible once again after serving a three match ban.
Kassian, who was suspended for a boarding offence in the Canucks game with Dallas said: "I'm excited to come back and help the team any way I can. It was tough watching,"