Alexander Edler D VAN 8 Months

Alexander Edler will return from his knee injury on Monday night against Los Angeles.

He has been absent from Vancouver's last 16 games and his return should help bolster the team's back end. "I think some defensemen have played a lot of minutes with the injuries we have had there and it's mounted," coach John Tortorella said. "Eds will give us some minutes and we have to be a harder team to play against in the offensive zone, in their blue, forechecking and having the puck more." Edler will be looking to get back on track from a disappointing start to the year. He had nine points and a minus-12 rating in 27 games prior to getting injured.

Alexander Edler D VAN 8 Months

Alexander Edler (knee) could return to the Vancouver lineup on Monday.

Edler participated in a full practice on Sunday and could be back in the Canucks lineup for the first time since December 3. He is not having a good season with nine points and a minus-12 rating in 27 games but if he is on, he will be a big boost for the Canucks.

Alexander Edler D VAN 8 Months

Alexander Edler might be close to returning from his knee injury.

He participated in Thursday's practice with the main group and not the walking wounded, so that's a positive sign. There hasn't been much news with regard to his status. Edler hasn't played since Dec. 3.

Alexander Edler D VAN 9 Months

Alexander Edler (knee) skated on Monday.

There hasn't been much word on his status and it's unclear when he'll be available to return. Edler hasn't played since Dec. 3 and his 2013-14 season didn't get off to a good start with nine points and a minus-12 rating over 27 games.

Alexander Edler D VAN 10 Months

Alexander Edler (lower body) won't play Friday and he's out indefinitely pending further evaluation.

He appeared to injure his right knee in Tuesday's game at Nashville. Edler has struggled out of the gate this season with only nine points and a minus-12 rating. His spot in the lineup will be occupied by Andrew Alberts for the time being.

Alexander Edler D VAN 10 Months

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is listed as day-to-day after suffering a lower-body injury in his team's 3-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Edler has nine points in 27 games with a -12 rating in 2013-14. He's missed some time lately, but because of two suspensions in the last two seasons instead of injuries.

Alexander Edler D VAN 10 Months

Alexander Edler has the second worst plus/minus in the NHL at minus-14.

He is better than only Nail Yakupov who is a minus-16. Coach John Tortorella is not happy with his play and called him out on Saturday. He was benched for part of Saturday's game as he saw only 18:47 minutes of action his lowest total this season as his previous low was 21:46. Edler has nine points including three goals this season as his fantasy value has taken a big hit.

Alexander Edler D VAN 11 Months

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler had a ridiculous 12 SOG in Saturday's dominant win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Edler ended a four-game pointless streak with an assist. Edler was strong in other peripherals, with three hits, four blocked shots and two PIM.

Alexander Edler D VAN 11 Months

Alex Edler doesn't plan to change the way he approaches hockey.

The fact that he's facing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, his first game back from a three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Thomas Hertl, has only heightened his resolve to be a defensive deterrent and offensive contributor for the Canucks. Edler checked the San Jose rookie near the Canucks' bench in the second period of an Oct. 10 meeting at Rogers Arena, and the winger's helmet flew off. The league ruled that the head was the main point of contact. And because Hertl was spun around as opposed to being driven backward by the blow, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan made the ruling. He said Edler should have taken a better angle toward Hertl - even though Hertl ducked down and looked like he was trying to jump around the defenseman. "I'm not going to change the way I play," Edler said. "I look at myself as a clean player and I try to play aggressive and that's when I'm at my best." He'll have to be Saturday against the high-flying Pens.

Alexander Edler D VAN 11 Months

Alexander Edler has been suspended for three games for his high hit on San Jose's Tomas Hertl.

The incident occurred during Thursday's game. The NHL felt the route Edler took to make the check contributed to the head being the principal point of target. Had Edler approached things differently, the league feels he could have "hit him squarely through the body." The three-game suspension will keep Edler out of the lineup until Oct. 19.