Updates From Tuesday, Feb. 25
Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday when the team plays the St. Louis Blues, according to coach John Tortorella.
Sedin missed the Canucks' final two games and eight of the past 10 before the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a rib injury. The ailment caused the Swedish forward to sit out the entire Olympic tournament.
The Vancouver captain missed practice this week for personal reasons but Tortorella confirmed Tuesday that Sedin would be back in the lineup against the Blues.
Updates From Friday, Feb. 7
NBC has the latest on Sedin's replacement:
When the Swedish men's Olympic hockey team learned just days before the Olympics that it would be without the services of former NHL MVP Henrik Sedin, it was a tremendously damaging blow to the team's gold medal chances.
However, Sedin's rib injury left a void at the center position on the Swedes' roster, which they have announced that they will fill Marcus Johansson.
Johansson, 23, is a play-making center who also plays for the NHL's Washington Capitals. He has seven goals, 29 assists and a -11 rating in 58 games this season with the Capitals, who have been his NHL team since he came to the North America in 2010-11.
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6
Dan Murphy of Sportsnet provides some major news on Henrik Sedin's status for the Olympics:
#canucks Captain Henrik Sedin confirms that the Swedish reports are true. He will miss 2014 Olympics due to injury.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 6, 2014
Despite Murphy's report, Mikael Backlund tweets that he hasn't been notified:
I haven't heard anything about Olympics. I haven't got the call to from Pär Mårts. No replacement is official yet!— Mikael Backlund (@mbacklund11) February 6, 2014
The Vancouver Canucks updated Sedin's status for his NHL team after returning to the lineup on Monday:
Henrik Sedin will not play the next two games, Hamhuis is out tonight, but Richardson and Higgins are in. #Canucks— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 6, 2014
"We are shutting Henrik down for next 2 games. He wants to play, but he's not as effective as we need him to be right now." - Torts— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 6, 2014
Tortorella also spoke about Sedin's spot on the Olympic roster (via Louis Jean of TVASports.ca):
John Tortorella on wether Henrik Sedin should go to the Olympics: "Do I want him to go, no. But that's a family matter."— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 6, 2014
It appears that Tortorella got his wish.
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
The Vancouver Canucks have updated Henrik Sedin's status:
Henrik is good to play. Sestito returns. Richardson out with undisclosed injury.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 3, 2014
Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
Jason Botchford of The Vancouver Province has the latest on Sedin:
Henrik skating today. Still out and day to day. Says he will play in Sochi only IF he can get a few games in and things feel good— Jason Botchford (@botchford) January 31, 2014
The Canucks' official Twitter feed provided the Swede's thoughts on his consecutive games streak coming to an end:
"It was going to end sooner or later. I never really thought about it."- H. Sedin on the end of his IronMan streak.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 31, 2014
"It's tough to watch these games and not be out there. That's the bottom line." - Henrik Sedin— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 31, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30
The Vancouver Canucks have updated Henrik Sedin's status via their Twitter account:
Sully believes that Henrik will join the trip - he is still listed as day-to-day.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Jan. 26
Elliott Pap of The Vancouver Sun provides a statement from Canucks coach Mike Sullivan discussing Henrik Sedin's injury status:
Nux coach Mike Sullivan on Henrik Sedin (ribs): "He's still day-to-day, he's not going to play tomorrow but he’s making progress." #Canucks— Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) January 25, 2014
Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin has been just about indestructible during his NHL career, but now he needs to miss time due to bruised ribs.
TSN.ca reports on Monday, Jan. 20, that Sedin will be out of action at Rexall Place, ending the 33-year-old center's streak of consecutive games played at 679, which is the sixth-longest mark in NHL history.
Assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the news in a Monday press conference:
Sullivan up for press conference. Confirms that Henrik Sedin will not play in Edmonton.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 20, 2014
Sedin leads Vancouver with 31 assists and 40 points in the 2013-14 campaign, and the good news is that the Canucks should fare fine without him in this contest. Entering Monday's slate of games, only the Buffalo Sabres had fewer points (33) than Edmonton (36).
This marks Sedin's 13th season as a pro, and he has spent his entire career in Vancouver since being selected No. 3 overall by the club in the 1999 draft.
Despite the late juncture of his career and the wear and tear that has accompanied it with so many games logged in a row, Sedin is averaging a career-high 21:16 time on ice per game this season.
In that context, this break may be welcome—even with the Canucks fighting for playoff position in the Western Conference.