Henrik Sedin #33 Center
2010 Playoffs: 12 GP, 3 goals, 11 assists, 14 points
Daniel Sedin #22 Left Wing
2010 Playoffs: 12 GP, 5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points
In last year's playoffs, the Sedin twins each finished with identical totals of 14 points in 12 games. Averaging more than a point a game is good, but the knock against them is that they didn't score enough goals.
Of the 8 goals they did score, 3 were game winners, so Daniel and Henrik were providing clutch scoring in terms of quality if not quantity. Also their superb passing enabled Mikael Samuelsson to put up an astounding 8 goals in 12 games.
However, against the Blackhawks in the second round, both Sedins were shadowed and closely checked by the agitating Blackhawks, specifically Dave Bolland and Andrew Ladd. The normally stoic Swedes took uncharacteristic penalties in retaliation, especially Daniel, as they attempted to beat the Hawks in the alley instead of on the scoreboard.
This year, Ladd is gone (traded to Atlanta) and Bolland is out with a concussion, so the Sedins won't have to worry about them personally. And while the Hawks will still try the tactics that worked last year, this year the Sedins have led the Canucks in showing discipline, being level headed and just playing their game instead of retaliating, and trusting in the referees to call penalties.
Keep an eye on the Sedins to see if this new found discipline can stand up to the rigors of the playoffs. If it does, their pinpoint passing should allow the Sedins to rack up points against the Blackhawks. If it doesn't, expect a deadly Chicago powerplay to make the Canucks pay.