VANCOUVER -- Daniel and Henrik Sedin are identical twins, but you'd think they were of the conjoined variety since they broke into the NHL together in 2000 with the Vancouver Canucks.
Even before draft day, when then-Vancouver GM Brian Burke hit the trade table so he could draft both brothers - Daniel 2nd overall and Henrik 3rd in 1999 - their careers have been joined at the hip.
With rare exception, the 26-year-old twins have been linemates since.
It's not so much a sibling thing as the fact they're a great tandem - whether it's with Anson Carter as the third wheel, as was the case last season, or captain Markus Naslund, with whom they lined up against the Edmonton Oilers last night.
Inseparable, the Sedins.
"We didn't expect to be drafted by the same team," Daniel Sedin said of Burke's three trades on the morning of the draft in Boston to keep the brother act together. "That was very fortunate, I guess.
"We didn't hear anything. Five minutes before the draft started, (Vancouver scout) Thomas Gradin came up to us and told us they had done the move. We were shocked and relieved."
The Sedins have been a constant with the Canucks through countless player moves since they debuted in the 2000-01 season, and that won't change in the foreseeable future under new coach Alain Vigneault.
He's got Daniel on the left side with Henrik at centre and Naslund on the right wing on Vancouver's top line.
"I think they're definitely better together," said Naslund. "I think they feel comfortable playing with each other.
"They've played together their whole lives and they know each other inside out. That's a special thing to have."
As much as they look alike, the Sedins have almost identical stats to this point in their careers.
Before last night's game with the Oilers, Daniel had 229 points in 402 career games. Henrik had 228 points in 405 games. Both faced the Oilers with seven points this season. The biggest difference is that Daniel's more of a goal-scorer, with 87 on his resume, compared to Henrik's 62.
"They could," said Trevor Linden, asked if the Sedins could play apart. "They absolutely could.
"They're both, individually, very good players, but they're so good with one another in knowing where they're going to be. They just know how to play off one another so well. I can't imagine it benefiting your team by pulling them apart."
So, while it's been suggested on press row that splitting up the Sedins would give the Canucks more second-line scoring, don't expect to see Daniel and Henrik put asunder any time soon.
"You never know," smiled Daniel Sedin, asked about playing on a different line than Henrik. "We've worked pretty good so far. I hope we'll keep it going."