Canucks Report - Henrik shines, Naslund returns
At 17 games and counting, this is the longest NHL stretch Henrik Sedin has been separated on the ice from line mate and twin brother Daniel Sedin.
HENRIK STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT
Naturally, you’d wonder, when the team’s leading scorer goes down, how it will affect the team, in particular Henrik. After playing their entire careers together, the two have such innate chemistry and the natural ability to find each other on the ice. They’ve build a system, Daniel the shooter and Henrik the playmaker; however, after faltering at first, Henrik has found his confidence and stride notching 12 goals in 17 games.
Always battling criticisms that the two can’t play without one another, Henrik has proven doubters wrong collecting on average a point a game and his first ever career hat trick Saturday night in Colorado.
And while Henrik has been racking up the numbers, there has been times where he’s felt unsure instinctively looking for his brother on the ice.
"There's times on the power play and even 5-on-5 when I just know where he's going to be, and I can play more on instinct than I can now,” explained Henrik. “It's not a major difference, though."
"We've had to prove a lot of different things, we still are," said Henrik. "I mean, we're missing a good player. It's going to have an effect on a team when you lose a top guy like that... but it's not like we thought my game was going to go south. You play the same way, and we're playing in the best league in the world."
DANIEL’S PAIN TOLERANCE
Daniel, who injured himself Oct. 7th after taking a shot off the foot, was expected to return for the tail end of the team’s five game road trip. And, after skating by himself and flying out to join the team, Daniel decided the foot wasn’t quite where it needed to be.
"He didn't get hurt again,” clarified Mike Gillis yesterday after the team’s practice. “When you have a broken bone like that, it's more pain tolerance. And in the event you can't tolerate the pain, then you take a step backwards and let that bone heal a little bit further, and a little bit further."
Daniel did miss practice yesterday but head coach Alain Vigneault said he will rejoin the team Wednesday for practice and from there they will reassess his status.
NASLUND ENDS RETIREMENT
Former Vancouver Canucks Capitan Markus Naslund announced today he will join longtime friend Peter Forsberg in Sweden, as they both suit up for MODO of the Swedish Elite League.
Forsberg, who declined to return to the NHL because of his injured foot, and Naslund will reunite in Sweden playing alongside each other on the same team they once dominated 16 years ago.
"I will do everything in my power to get back in game shape, and I hope I can contribute to the team's success, but I'm sure everybody understands that you can't just jump in and dominate the league," explained Naslund.
"I'm looking forward to playing with Modo again and of course, the fact that Peter and I can do this together makes it even more special."
At 6’0” and 190lbs., the Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native, who retired early May, remains the Canucks all-time leader in points (756) and goals (346). Naslund, 36, spend 12 of his 15 NHL seasons in Vancouver.