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Kesler’s return figures to spark Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler, who scored 41 goals and won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward last season, is ready to return almost three months after surgery to repair a torn hip labrum.

He will play his first game of the season on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. Kesler has averaged 74 points the past two seasons as the Canucks’ second-line center, and set a new career best for goals last year.

• Jeff Carter, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ major offseason acquisition, has a hairline crack on the top of his right foot and may be held out of Tuesday’s home game against Dallas. He is listed as day to day.

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