The Vancouver Canucks will attempt to win their first game of the new National Hockey League season tonight without one of their most valuable players.

Winger Alex Burrows who skates on the first line with the Sedin twins kills penalties and centres the second power-play unit is out with a foot injury suffered when he blocked a shot against the San Jose Sharks in Thursday's season-opening 4-1 loss.

Canuck head coach John Tortorella wouldn't admit that Burrows has a fracture in his right foot but the player was seen wearing a 'moon boot' and on crutches in a Rogers Arena hallway this morning. The Canucks meet the Edmonton Oilers tonight at The Rog. Both teams lost their first game.

"Alex Burrows is out and he's probably going to be out for a couple of weeks" Tortorella said. "I know you're probably going to ask about 15 questions about shot blocking. Alex Burrows made the right play and if he doesn't make that play he'll probably never kill a 5-on-3 again here. So don't turn it into that. It was the right play to be made. Injuries happen in a lot of different ways. So we'll continue to play defence not just shot block the way you are supposed to."

Asked specifically about a fracture in Burrows' foot Tortorella replied: "I just don't think we need to give out that information. He's going to be out for a couple of weeks and that's the way we're going to leave it for right now."

Burrows was not made available for interviews.

The Canucks didn't have a full morning skate so it was impossible to determine who might play alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin tonight. The most logical candidates are Jannik Hansen and David Booth.

With Zack Kassian still suspended Tortorella doesn't have any extra forwards either and will have to dress a seventh defenceman to round out his 18 skaters. Yannick Weber and Andrew Alberts are the only ones available and Weber is expected to get the call.