Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev has a broken thumb and it’s believed he’ll miss the team’s remaining six games before the NHL Olympic break, beginning with Wednesday night’s matchup with Chicago.

It’s not good news for a team that is struggling to pull out of a 4-7-2 stretch that goes back to the end of December. But it could have been worse, much worse.

The good news is that the damage to Tanev’s thumb is only a hairline fracture and he’s expected be fully recovered by the time the Canucks resume their post-Olympic schedule on Feb. 26 against St. Louis.

Tanev played 21:34 in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. While he blocked six shots in the game, it’s not known how the injury occurred.

Assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who’s at the helm of the team with John Tortorella suspended, listed him as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.