Bo Horvat suffered a lower body injury last night. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Nils Höglander underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle/groin injury. There is no timeline for his return.
— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) April 15, 2022
Canucks Captain Bo Horvat Out With Lower Body Injury
Bo Horvat suffered the injury during the second period, after blocking a shot from Arizona Coyotes defenceman Anton Stralman. Horvat left the game shortly after.
Horvat, 27, has 31 goals for 52 points this season for the Canucks. This injury puts him out for the remainder of the season.
This injury ends Horvat’s eighth season with the Canucks, making his debut during the 2014-2015 season. Out of those eight years, he has spent the last three as captain, getting the letter after the retirement of longtime Canuck Henrik Sedin.
What This Means For The Canucks
This stings for the Canucks, especially because they are losing their captain and one of their top point scorers. This injury occurs at an awful time, considering how close it is to the playoffs. The Canucks are also in a fierce battle for a playoff spot, so losing a top guy like Horvat is a major blow to their chances.
For Horvat, this may be a blow to his mobility depending on how serious it is. If his ankle is seriously injured, then it could slow him down. It is also not his first lower-body injury, so it could have a long-term impact on him.
It may be time for the Canucks to call it a season, but it also may not be. If they can rally around the loss of Horvat to propel the team into a playoff spot, then this may be the inspiration that they need. but this also may not be, and this could be the blow that sinks the spirits of the team and ends their chance of making it into the playoffs.