April 9, 2012
Sedin could be back for Game 1
By HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - A twin reunion could be in store for the Vancouver Canucks this week, just in time for the playoffs.
Daniel Sedin skated in a full-contact practice Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 21, when Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith elbowed him in the head.
While the Canucks forward was not made available to the media afterwards, his brother Henrik was happy to have him back on the ice.
"It's good to see him out there," said the Canucks captain. "He's still got a few days so we'll see what happens. If he wouldn't have been out there today, he would be a really long shot for Wednesday. That's a good sign."
Whether or not Daniel plays in the first-round series opener against the L.A. Kings at Rogers Arena remains to be seen, and Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said it'll come down to the doctors.
"That's not going to be my decision," he said, adding Daniel had skated on his own prior to Monday. "It's going to be a medical decision. He skated today for the first time with his teammates and we'll see how he's doing tomorrow and we'll take it from there."
The Canucks were 8-1 without Daniel to close out the regular season, but the winger still finished as the team's top goal scorer (30) and was second in points (67) behind his brother. Monday, he skated in his regular spot on the top line with Henrik and Alex Burrows.
"He's one of the top players in the league and the world," Burrows said. "To have him back in our lineup, it'll be huge and hopefully he'll be fine to go."
According to the L.A. Times, the Kings also got some good news of their own as forward Jeff Carter practised with the team after missing five games with a bruised ankle.