Kevin Bieksa knows how to pack for the road. Good suits smart shirts and one suitcase. Not a lot of baggage.

If only that was the case on the ice.

The Vancouver Canucks have often looked like a loose-fitting suit as they try to shape their new game with a new coach. Obviously easier said than done the optics have been as disturbing as a dress pants crease going the wrong way.

Once regarded as one of the NHL’s best shutdown pairings Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis have been aligned with new partners in an attempt to rid themselves of old habits in the John Tortorella regime.

The next test comes Tuesday against the 1-5-0 Philadelphia Flyers.

It’s not just that bizarre own-goal Saturday — when Hamhuis and Roberto Luongo looked like they were trying to put the pin back in a grenade before it exploded.

Puck handling coverage and exiting the zone have become more tedious than instinctive and that’s why Bieksa has a team-high six give-aways and why Hamhuis is a shocking minus-4. Then again Bieksa leads the team in hits (12) and is second in blocked shots (11) to Chris Tanev (15).

Tortorella promised the learning curve will be steep and long but already being sixth in the seven-team Pacific Division makes this seven-game trip vital to create some needed chemistry and cohesion.

“It’s good to have one of these trips early and kind of find our game” said Bieksa. “We understand the system it’s a matter of applying it every time — even when you’re tired and not thinking clearly. We know what we’re doing and we’re going to get better. Sometimes you revert back to old habits and we’re chasing a little bit.

“We want to stay a little bit closer to our net in those critical areas. There are a few goals we’ve let in from the slot that are going through two guys. That shouldn’t happen.

“We should be real tight in our end and making them shoot from the outside. We’re giving up point-blank shots.”

Hamhuis didn’t want to replay the faux-pas goal against the Montreal Canadiens but for a blueliner who is on the Team Canada radar for the 2014 Winter Olympics he’s looking more like a long shot than a roster depth consideration.

“It’s definitely not perfect” said Hamhuis “There’s more thinking going on out there and you want to be playing on instinct. The (own) goal was just a lucky chance and bad break. It’s not like you can look at tape and try to do something different. I haven’t thought about it. I made a few mistakes coverage-wise and want to be better in those areas and I know we can get better.”