NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 22nd
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (14-5-2) at Vancouver Canucks (12-10-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin has spent most of his NHL career with
Vancouver setting up twin Daniel for goals. However, should his brother return
to the ice tonight, he may find the roles reversed.
Daniel Sedin could return to the lineup for the first time in 19 games tonight
when the Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks at GM Place.
Vancouver has been without Daniel Sedin since he suffered a broken foot versus
Montreal on October 7. He has netted at least 29 goals in each of the last
three seasons and has four assists without a goal in four games this year.
Henrik picked up the scoring slack for his twin over his absence. He leads the
Canucks with 13 goals and 24 points, scoring seven goals in his last seven
games, including his first career hat trick on November 14. However, 362 of
Henrik Sedin's 484 career points have been assists.
Henrik notched his latest goal in Friday's 5-2 win over Colorado. Christian
Ehrhoff had two goals and an assist, while Mikael Samuelsson also scored and
had a helper. Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in Vancouver's second straight win
that has followed a three-game skid.
The Canucks won the opener of a five-game homestand and have won all three of
their home games this month. Vancouver is 8-2-0 as the host this year.
Should Daniel Sedin return tonight, he will likely go right back onto the top
line with his brother.
"I can't really feel any [pain] out there," Daniel told Vancouver's Web site
on Friday. "It's just a matter of getting a few good practices in and to know
that your foot is ready for everything. You're going to get him out there.
There's going to be a lot of pushing and shoving. You got to know that your
Daniel may have another reason for making sure he is 100 percent for this
game. Chicago might be looking for some revenge after the Canucks' Willie
Mitchell sidelined Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews for six games with a
concussion thanks to a hard hit in a Vancouver's 3-2 victory in the Windy City
on October 21.
Mitchell was given a roughing call on the play, though Blackhawks head coach
Joel Quenneville did say he felt it was a clean hit.
That victory by the Canucks was their third in a row over the Blackhawks and
seventh in the last 10 meetings. Chicago has also dropped three of its last
four and 11 of 13 in Vancouver.
Toews has three goals and four assists in six games since returning from his
injury, all victories to give the Blackhawks their longest winning streak
since ripping off nine straight wins from December 7-28 of last season.
Toews scored a pair of goals and had an assist in last night's 5-2 victory
over the Oilers, the Blackhawks' second game of a six-game road trip. Chicago
improved to 4-3-1 on the swing.
Patrick Kane scored in his fifth straight game and added an assist to also
give him eight helpers over a nine-game point streak. John Madden and Kris
Versteeg also scored for Chicago, which got 25 saves from Cristobal Huet.
"We have been playing solid the last few games," said Huet. "We have some very
good goal scorers who can put the puck in the net."
11/22 10:30:24 ET