Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows - recovering from a broken jaw - is getting closer to a return to the lineup.
Team doctors won't clear the 32-year-old winger until after next Thursday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes, so he hopes to be back with the club when they take on the Calgary Flames on Jan. 18.
He suffered the injury during the team's 3-2 win over Carolina on Dec. 1 after getting hit in the face with a puck on a clearing attempt by teammate Chris Tanev.
Burrows played out the rest of the game and even did post-game interviews in the dressing room after the final horn.
Burrows, who went to see a specialist in Nashville on Dec. 31, had to wait six full weeks before returning from the injury and will have to wear a full face shield until after the Olympic break. Burrows has played just 17 games with the Canucks this season, tallying three assists.