Alex Burrows will have to wait a few weeks to try to score his first goal of the NHL season.
The Vancouver Canucks right-winger broke his jaw in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Carolina when he was hit by teammate Chris Tanev’s clearing attempt.
Burrows, 32, has been held without a point in eight consecutive games despite playing alongside top scorers Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and has a minus-3 rating during that span. Overall, his minus-7 rating is the worst among Vancouver forwards and second only to defenceman Alex Edler’s minus-12.
Burrows scored 13 goals and 24 points in 47 games last season but topped 25 goals in each of the four previous campaigns.
This has been the Canadian's most trying of his eight seasons in the NHL. A durable player, Burrows missed more than three weeks in October after fracturing his right foot in Vancouver's season opener on Oct. 3 when he blocked a Patrick Marleau shot.
Since the start of the 2006-07 season, Burrows has only missed 14 regular-season games.
The Canucks are fifth in the Pacific Division with a 14-10-5 record and visit the winless-in-two Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.