Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa to miss two weeks with broken foot

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa is expected to miss two weeks with a broken foot.

Bieksa leads Vancouver's defence in scoring with 11 points in 13 games and the team in average ice time at 24:38. He was hurt by a teammate's shot against Nashville on Nov. 4, but finished that game and played three more before the fracture was discovered on Thursday.

"He d been X-rayed two or three times. The X-ray was showing up nothing," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He still felt pain so yesterday we had a scan done, which showed a hairline fracture."

Vigneault said veteran Rob Davison, a healthy scratch for 12 of 16 games, would take Bieksa's spot in the lineup Saturday against Toronto. The Canucks also recalled defenceman Lawrence Nycholat from a conditioning stint in the AHL on Friday.

Vancouver also expects forward Pavol Demitra back Saturday after he missed 10 games because of rib cartilage he injured in a game Oct. 19. Demitra has three points in six games. He signed a US$8-million, two-year free-agent contract last summer.


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