Kevin Bieksa D VAN Mar 14 '13

Kevin Bieksa (groin) will return to Vancouver's lineup Thursday night.

He has missed five straight contests and seven games total with a lingering groin issue. "I wouldn't say I came back too early last time," Bieksa said. "Everything was telling me that I felt good. It was a matter of taking a hit in that game. I'm feeling good now. I've had probably 5-6 days of being pain-free so I think that's a good thing. I'm eager to get back in to help the team out." Bieksa hasn't done that on the scoresheet this campaign with five goals and six points in 18 appearances. He does have 33 shots, 30 hits, 29 blocks and a plus-6 rating though.

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