Canucks want some ice action

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

The Canucks should get all the rest they can now because the latter part of this season is going to be hectic.

Thanks to an unbalanced schedule yet again, the team is coming off another three-day break, their third one this season to go along with a four-day and five-day break.

"To play like we have the first two months, I think it's awful," said Henrik Sedin. "I prefer playing often. Three in four, I like that or at least every second night."

His wish will come true as Vancouver only has two more three-days-off stretches the rest of the way, minus the Olympic hiatus.

The busy second half should be a blessing, considering how the Canucks tend to start slow after multiple days off.

Vancouver's record when being away from the rink for three days or more is 2-2. And despite coming back to win last Friday, the Canucks fell to a 2-0 deficit early after having five-days off.

"It's really about preparation, you have to get up for the game, maybe more so than other games," said Henrik. "Mentally it's good for you to get away a little bit but you would like to have it more spread out."

Ryan Johnson pointed out that players would rather be playing games than practicing.

"I think we're all looking forward to the stretches where we're playing because that's when you get on a roll and feel good about yourself," he said.


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