Canucks may be without Salo in Game 7

It appears the Vancouver Canucks will have to play Game 7
against Chicago on Tuesday night without injured defenseman Sami
Salo.

Head coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t confirm the absence of Salo,
who left four shifts into Game 6 on Sunday with an undisclosed
injury, saying only that he was day-to-day. But several Canucks
players indicated the veteran defender wasn’t playing.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said that Vancouver is obviously a
better team with Salo but ”we plug in whoever we plug in and we
play the same way.”

Salo, 36, missed the first four and a half months of the season
recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but was Vancouver’s best
all-around defenseman the year before. He had one goal in the first
five games of this series.

Defenseman Keith Ballard, a surprise healthy scratch the last
two games, said he was told during the morning skate that he would
be playing Game 7.

Chicago will be without forward Bryan Bickell, who is out six to
eight weeks after surgery Monday to repair a lacerated tendon in
his right wrist. Bickell was cut by a skate blade in Game 2 and
missed Game 3, but returned to score two goals and four points
before he had to come out.

Blackhawks forward Tomas Kopecky, out since Game 1 with an
upper-body injury, skated Tuesday but head coach Joel Quenneville
said he wouldn’t play.