Pick your Sedin

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

They're better as a pair, but individually the Sedin twins have plenty of game.

Such is being proven by Henrik Sedin, who's had to play without his brother riding shotgun for the past two weeks, as Daniel Sedin is out nursing a broken foot.

"I think that's part of Henrik's challenge right now," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. "But when they are both on top of their game, they are better together, that's just the reality of the situation. Any time Danny is going to be out, Henrik has to find a way to contribute, play well and find a way to win."

Henrik Sedin led the Canucks in scoring heading into last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers. He's picked up seven assists in the three games Daniel Sedin has been out of the lineup.

"In my four years here, I've split them up a couple of times," Vigneault said. "For whatever reason, things weren't going well and sometimes you just have to do different things. It didn't go bad -- Danny was able to generate a number of different chances. But at the end of the day, those guys are better together."

Daniel Sedin is expected to be out of the Canucks lineup for at least another three weeks. The one good thing about him not being around is now their coach is able to identify which Sedin he's talking to.

"I still can't tell them apart," Vigneault said. "Well, I can now, that's the positive thing about this situation. As soon as I see Hank right now in this environment, I know it's him and as soon as I see Danny on crutches, I know it's him. It's the first time I've been able to do that since they've been here."

Handing out instructions is now also a bit easier.

"What I did the first two years I was here, every time I crossed either one of them, I always said 'How's it going Danny', and I had a 50-50 chance of being right," Vigneault said. "On the ice when I'm looking at them and I have something important to tell them I always ask 'Which one are you?' And then they turn around and show me the number on the back of their helmet."


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