The Vancouver Canucks will be without another key duo when they face the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, as defenceman Dan Hamhuis (left) and Chris Higgins are both sidelined, adding to an expanding injury ward that includes Kevin Bieksa, Mike Santorelli and Chris Tanev.
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BOSTON — Careening on a four-game losing streak, the Vancouver Canucks got worse here even before playing the Boston Bruins today (4 p.m. Pacific time, Sportsnet Pacific, Team 1040).
Canucks coach John Tortorella announced two hours before the opening faceoff that key veterans Dan Hamhuis and Chris Higgins would not play due to injuries sustained during Monday's 2-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
They bring the National Hockey League team's injury toll to seven players, including five defencemen.
Tortorella gave no indication of the severity of the latest injuries.
Hamhuis has been the best Canucks defenceman this season and is on Team Canada's Olympic roster, while Higgins is one of the few Vancouver forwards who has been scoring during the team's worst slump of the year.
The Canucks defence today will be comprised of Alex Edler, Jason Garrison, Ryan Stanton, Frankie Corrado (11 games in the NHL), Yann Sauve (six games) and Raphael Diaz, acquired Monday from the Montreal Canadiens, who had scratched the Swiss blueliner in eight straight games.
Higgins' place up front will be taken by minor-league call-up Pascal Pelletier, who has played only 14 NHL games in an 11-year professional career.
The Canucks are trying to beat the Bruins and an incoming New England snowstorm. The team is scheduled to fly post-game to Montreal, where its five-game trip continues Thursday.
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