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Canucks' Salo skates, playing status up in air

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sami Salo of the Vancouver Canucks is listed as a game-time decision after the defensemen took part in the morning skate before Game 6 of the team's playoff series against Chicago.

Salo is trying to return to the lineup for Tuesday night's game after leaving Sunday's game in the first period with a groin injury. He was hit in the groin by a slap shot from Duncan Keith, and had to be helped off the ice.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Salo averages more than 20 minutes of ice time, plays against Chicago's top forwards, and anchors the power play and penalty kill. Coach Alain Vigneault says a decision would be made after Salo takes part in the pregame warmup.