More pressure on Canucks with short season on hand

MONTE STEWART The Canadian Press Published:

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks will start the season short-handed.

Injured center Ryan Kesler (shoulder, wrist) and winger David Booth (groin) have created two holes for coach Alain Vigneault, who is already worried about the condensed 48-game schedule put together after the NHL lockout.

Vancouver is trying to win a third straight President's Trophy as the top regular-season team and get back to the Stanley Cup finals after losing to Boston in 2010-11. The Sedins are back and Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal while the club tries to shop Roberto Luongo.

The opener is Saturday night at home against Anaheim.