The Vancouver Canucks’ top defensive pairing of Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev is so cohesive and in-tune that, apparently, the players can even synchronize their injuries.

Excitement about the expected return from injury by Edler on Thursday night is mitigated by the absence of Tanev, who is returning to Vancouver with an unspecified "upper-body" injury will keep him out of at least the final three games of the Canucks’ Pacific Division road trip.

The Canucks announced Tanev’s injury after coach Travis Green met with reporters in Anaheim and said he expected Edler to play against the Ducks after missing 12 games with a sprained knee.