No news seems to be good news on Elias Pettersson’s wonky knee

Elias Pettersson will miss at least one game because of a knee injury.

This much we know.

But whether he’ll miss any more time remains to be seen.

He was originally slated to have an MRI examination of his injured right knee on Friday.

That didn’t happen. Canucks coach Travis Green said he honestly didn’t know why when queried about it on Saturday, before his team took on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

All he knew was that Pettersson was going to have an MRI on Saturday to determine the scope of the injury and wouldn’t play against the Maple Leafs.

What the media knew was that Pettersson was seen walking around, in workout clothes, looking like maybe the knee injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.

He didn’t talk the media — injured players are generally not made available — but he wasn’t shy about being seen.

That alone is a good sign.

And on Friday, he recorded an interview with Hockey Night in Canada’s Nick Kypreos.

“It was an accident. We got tangled up. We both fell down. I got in an awkward position. It wasn’t a dirty play or anything,” he said. “He apologized afterwards, which shows good sportsmanship from him. It was unlucky for me and it is nothing too serious.”

His coach is hopeful he’ll be back playing in no time.

“I’m hopeful he can play very soon,” Green admitted about the fact that Pettersson is looking OK.

“I don’t know when he can play next. We’ll know more later today. He’s walking around pretty well.”

He also admitted that the fact the Canucks don’t play again until Thursday, and then again not until Sunday, helps cushion the short-term impact of any absence the Canucks might face.

“We haven’t had a four day break this season, it’s good timing as far as that goes,” he said.

Pressed again about the incident that led to the injury, where the Canadiens’ Jesperi Kotkaniemi initially hauled Pettersson back before the two young forwards got tangled up and Pettersson fell back over his own knee, the coach remained calm and philosophical.

As he was in October, when Pettersson was knocked to the ice by the Panthers’ Mike Matheson, resulting in a concussion for the Swede, Green sought to cool the waters.

He insisted that Pettersson being harassed away from the play by the opposition was simply life for top players in the NHL.

“It irks me that he’s out and hurt,” he said. “(But) you’ve got to remember excellent players get little hooks and holds … he’s going to get attention, he’s going to get holds and hooks.”

Simply put, he wasn’t going to make a big deal about it.

“That’s nothing different from what the all the top guys do.”


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