Boeser head­ing home to see spe­cial­ist

Tak­ing care of nag­ging groin strain ‘right play to make’ for Canucks sopho­more sniper

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BOS­TON — Brock Boeser won’t be on the team char­ter to Buf­falo Thurs­day night.

The Canucks right-winger is fly­ing to Van­cou­ver to see a spe­cial­ist be­cause of a nag­ging groin in­jury that has kept him from play­ing on this sixgame road trip. Boeser suf­fered the in­jury Oct. 18 in Win­nipeg and then played through any dis­com­fort.

How­ever, af­ter games against Bos­ton and Wash­ing­ton Oct. 20 and 22, re­spec­tively, last sea­son’s Calder Tro­phy fi­nal­ist didn’t play the next two games. Boeser then played in four straight games — in­clud­ing a four-point out­ing Nov. 2 against Colorado — but re-ag­gra­vated the in­jury.

The Canucks have said the ail­ment is get­ting bet­ter, but see­ing a spe­cial­ist can ei­ther be omi­nous or just plain pru­dent.

“He has got­ten bet­ter, but he can’t quite get over the hump, so we want to make sure (he’s 100 per cent or close to it) and we’ll see what comes out of it,” said Canucks coach Travis Green, who added there might be a chance that Boeser re­joins the team on this trip. “He wants to play. He was feel­ing bet­ter about his game, but we have to make sure he’s ready to go.

“We just want to have a good un­der­stand­ing. We’ve done an MRI (mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing) on it and it was neg­a­tive. But we want him to see a spe­cial­ist and make sure.”

On March 5, Boeser’s rookie sea­son was cut short by a back in­jury that didn’t re­quire surgery. Boeser did need time to get over the ail­ment and a both­er­some wrist, but said it didn’t af­fect his train­ing. He came to camp eight pounds heav­ier and seemed sur­prised by the weight gain that many sur­mised may have slowed his start to this sea­son.

How­ever, he has 11 points (four goals, seven as­sists) in 13 games and the 21-year-old looked to be find­ing his game again be­fore the groin in­jury.

“It’s been bugging him for a while and at this point, it (see­ing a spe­cial­ist) is the right play to make,” said Canucks de­fence­man Erik Gud­bran­son. “Hope­fully they can get that thing fig­ured out and he can get back on the ice and do what he does.

“It’s set­ting up a plan, hav­ing it in place and stick­ing to it be­cause our groins are put through the wringer ev­ery day.”

— THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Van­cou­ver Canucks for­ward Brock Boeser, who had yet to suit up dur­ing the team’s cur­rent six-game road trip, orig­i­nally in­jured his groin Oct. 18 against Win­nipeg, but has played on and off since then.

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