Winger Chris Higgins' knee injury is not as serious as first feared and the Vancouver Canucks could have him back before the end of the regular season.

Coach Alain Vigneault said a scan indicated Higgins has a "mild strain."

"So we are looking at a couple of weeks," Vigneault said Thursday before the team left Calgary for Denver.

Vigneault said if Higgins' rehab goes well he could be back before the end of the regular season. The Canucks finish the regular season on April 27 with a game in Edmonton.

Vigneault said defenceman Chris Tanev remains out "indefinitely" with what is believed to be a foot injury. But general manager Mike Gillis sounded more optimistic about Tanev's return.

"We think he'll be back fairly soon as well," Gillis said.

Tanev has missed two games with his injury, while Higgins sat out his first game Wednesday night.