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Eriksson of Canucks out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee

Forward was injured during loss to Flames on Saturday

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Vancouver Canucks forward Loui Eriksson will miss 4-6 weeks because of a sprained knee.

Eriksson, 32, was injured during a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. He has one assist in four games.

"He's a big part of our team. A guy that does a lot of good things," Canucks coach Travis Green said. "Loui's looking for a bounce-back year. I liked the third game that he played. I thought he was more aggressive. His first shift [Saturday] night, he goes hard to the net. Those are some of the things we talked about. I think he has to make some changes in his game, and he agreed.

"He's a big loss for our penalty kill, for sure. Anytime you lose a player of that stature, it's a hole in your lineup. But it also gives opportunity to someone else."

Forward Jake Virtanen, who was scratched against the Flames, will take Eriksson's spot against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, SNV, NHL.TV).

Eriksson is in the second season of a six-year contract worth $36 million ($6 million average annual value) that he signed July 1, 2016.

Eriksson had 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists) in 65 games with the Canucks last season.

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