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Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen to miss one month with rib injury

By Connor Grott
Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen to miss one month with rib injury
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green announced that Jake Virtanen (not pictured) will miss a month after sustaining a rib injury. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen will miss at least one month due to a fractured rib, head coach Travis Green announced Monday.

The 22-year-old forward suffered the injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 13. Virtanen collided with Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf in the first period of the Canucks' 1-0 loss.

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Virtanen has career highs in goals (12) and points (22) this season.

The Canucks drafted Virtanen with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists) in 198 career games with Vancouver.

Forward Ryan Spooner, acquired by the Canucks in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, could replace Virtanen in the starting lineup. Vancouver sent Sam Gagner in the deal.

Spooner practiced with the team Monday. The Canucks (26-27-7) trail the Minnesota Wild by one point for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Vancouver hosts the Arizona Coyotes (26-28-5) on Thursday night.

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