Sami Salo was hurt early in Sunday's home victory over the Dallas Stars. ((Christian Petersen/Getty Images))

The hits keep coming for the Vancouver Canucks, who announced Tuesday that veteran defenceman Sami Salo will be out at least four weeks with a knee sprain.

Salo, 35, was injured Sunday in the first period of the team's 4-3 home shootout win over Dallas at GM Place. He had one assist through five games.

Salo could be out of the lineup as long as six weeks. He sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

In his seventh season with the Canucks, Salo has tallied 72 goals and 174 assists in 602 NHL games. His loss may be felt most on the power play — 53 per cent of his points with Vancouver have come on the man advantage.

Vancouver lost offensive leader Daniel Sedin for a similar time frame when the forward took a shot off the foot in last week's win over Montreal.

While Sedin's injury was something of a surprise — he has been one of the league's most durable players in recent seasons — Salo has been bit by the injury bug often, failing to play more than 67 games in a season for the last four seasons.

The Canucks are still waiting for veteran blue-liner Mathieu Schneider to debut with the club after offseason shoulder surgery. Schneider, 40, told the team's website he is hopeful of a return by the end of the month.

The club entered this season with defensive depth. Aaron Rome has yet to play for the Canucks, while NHL veteran Brad Lukowich and promising prospect Evan Oberg were sent to the American Hockey League.

Vancouver is also missing veteran forward Pavol Demitra.

Vancouver (2-3) returns to action with games on consecutive nights beginning Friday in Calgary. On Saturday, the Canucks host the Minnesota Wild on Hockey Night in Canada (CBC,, 7 p.m. PT).