As if his scoring slump wasn’t enough, it appears Alex Burrows hard luck season just got worse. The Province is reporting Burrows will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw which he suffered Sunday on a Chris Tanev clear that caught him in the face. Burrows returned to the game and even laughed about the incident post-game, but apparently the damage is worse than originally feared.
Burrows has struggled so far this season, putting up 0 goals, 3 assists, and a -7 rating in 17 games.
Without Burrows, the Canucks will be looking to Zack Kassian – who was a healthy scratch in Carolina – to step back into the lineup. Burrows had found his way back onto a line with the Sedins, but with him out for the foreseeable future Ryan Kesler looks like a prime candidate to get the call up to the first line once again. Kesler had immediate success with the Twins earlier in the season, but a lack of secondary scoring landed him back on the second line in an attempt to better balance the scoring. Kassian is an intriguing option with the twins, and were it not for his suspension to start the season he likely would’ve started on the top line, however he hasn’t been a Tortorella favourite as of late and likely will not see time in the top six, even with Burrows on the shelf once again.