Daniel Sedin Injury: Updates on Canucks Star's Leg and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2014

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks is helped to the dressing room by medical staff after getting hit during the second period in NHL action against the Ottawa Senators on March 02, 2014 during the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 11

John Tortorella updated Daniel Sedin's status, via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province:

Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 4

John Tortorella updated Daniel Sedin's status on Tuesday (via Dan Murphy of Sportsnet):

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The Heritage Classic, alongside the Winter Classic, is generally a treat for both fans and players. But the Vancouver Canucks and Daniel Sedin won't be looking at Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators with any particular fondness, as Sedin left the game with a left leg injury and will miss a chunk of time.   

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports provided the news Monday:

Sedin will get an MRI on the injury as well (via Darren Dreger of TSN):

Any missed time is a huge loss for the Canucks. Sedin has scored 13 goals and has 40 total points this year, tied with his twin brother, Henrik, for the most on the team. It's been a bit of a down season for him, however—he tallied 40 points a season ago in just 47 games.

The Canucks are scrapping and clawing at the moment, hoping to earn a playoff berth but currently tied with the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference with 66 points.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 02:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks falls to the ice during the second period of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic game against the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place on March 2, 2014 in Vancouver,
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For a team that has battled through its fair share of injuries this season, losing Sedin really hurts. Henrik summed it up nicely, saying via Kevin Woodley of NHL.com, "It's been one of those years."

If Sedin does indeed miss up to three weeks, he could potentially be out for as many as 11 of the Canucks' 19 remaining games. It's pretty hard to imagine Vancouver earning that final spot if he misses more than half their remaining regular-season schedule.