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Canucks’ Kassian out a ‘few weeks’ with finger injury


Canucks forward Zack Kassian will miss a “few weeks” with a “finger thing,” coach Willie Desjardins announced today.

Kassian, who has just two goals in 17 games, suffered the “thing” Tuesday versus New Jersey (he was slashed) and did not fly with his teammates to Columbus, where Vancouver will kick off a seven-game trip Friday.

Linden Vey, a healthy scratch against the Devils, is expected to replace Kassian, taking both his spot on the third line with Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias as well as on the first power-play unit.

No word yet on a possible call-up. Currently, the only extra forward is the injured Tom Sestito, so don’t be surprised if Nicklas Jensen is soon summoned from AHL Utica.