The Vancouver Canucks have been hit by a slew of injuries on their current road trip.
Forward Rick Rypien (viral infection) was sick enough to be sent home before Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks for further examination.
Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said Darcy Hordichuk will be out 7-10 days with a sprained ACL after colliding with teammate Ryan Johnson, while Sami Salo (pulled groin) and Pavol Demitra (torso injury) will be reexamined today in Columbus, where Vancouver ends its road trip on Tuesday.
It seems unlikely, however, that any of the injured will be back by then.
Recently demoted Kyle Wellwood and Matt Pettinger are expected to be recalled from the Canucks farm team in Manitoba.