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Brock Boeser leaves Canucks’ road trip to see specialist

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser has cut his Eastern road trip short, returning home to Vancouver in order to see a specialist.

Boeser missed the first game of the Eastern swing Tuesday in Detroit due to a lingering groin issue that previously saw him sit out a pair of games in late October. His absence Tuesday came as a bit of surprise, as he was coming off a stellar two-goal, four-point performance against the Avalanche and had three days to recover.

While Boeser is ruled out for Thursday’s matchup in Boston, it sounds like the move to seek further medical advice is a precautionary one. Head coach Travis Green indicated the 21-year-old could be back with the club before the end of trip.

The Canucks will hit Buffalo for a Saturday matinee matchup before finishing the trip with back-to-back New York games against the Rangers (Monday) and Islanders (Tuesday).

Boeser has four goals and 11 points in 13 games this season.