Canucks to be without 3 regular defenders

The Vancouver Canucks were without three regular defenders for

the regular-season finale against Calgary.

Shane O’Brien and Aaron Rome were hurt during Thursday’s 4-2

loss in San Jose, and Sami Salo left five minutes into practice

Friday. Coach Alain Vigneault said they should be ready for next

week’s playoffs.

Vancouver called up rookie defenseman Evan Oberg from Manitoba

of the American Hockey League before Saturday’s game.

Christian Ehrhoff, who leads the defense in goals and points,

returned against the Flames after missing two games with a knee

injury.

The Canucks have been without top shutdown defenseman Willie

Mitchell since a Jan. 16 concussion. Mitchell is expected to miss

the playoffs, and Salo has picked up a majority of his minutes

against the opposition’s best forwards.