What we can learn from Henrik Sedin's 5-game scoring drought

Jeff Paterson
February 10 2016 12:00PM

Henrik Sedin has gone five games without a point. 

I’m sure he’s not thrilled about it and my guess is neither are the Vancouver Canucks. After all, that’s not really the prescribed plan to stay in the playoff chase, with your captain and best play-maker going missing at crunch time.

That’s not to suggest he’s playing poorly. Henrik had arguably the Canucks' best scoring chance in the first period last night in Denver as he broke in on right wing. He started a play that led to Daniel’s clear cut breakaway in the second period, couldn't finish off a two-on-one with his brother in the third period and even had a look at the empty net when Patrick Roy pulled his goalie with a few minutes remaining in the game. A bounce here or there, Henrik hits the scoresheet and this is a non-story. 

But the facts are the facts and Henrik Sedin was held pointless for a fifth consecutive game. I point this out not to throw darts in his direction, but rather as a tribute to his consistency and reliability.

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Edler, Sutter injuries identified, both significant

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 10 2016 11:54AM

If this year is any indication, Brandon Sutter's bachelor pad in Vancouver might have to be a wing at St. Paul's Hospital. Both he and Alex Edler suffered injuries in last night's game against the Colorado Avalanche, and from the sounds of it, neither will be back anytime soon. 

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Brock Boeser Enjoying Breakout Success in North Dakota

Ryan Biech
February 10 2016 09:00AM

As the title might allude to, Brock Boeser is enjoying an enormously successful season in the NCAA with North Dakota.

Earlier this week, I talked about how the Canucks may have a gap in their forward prospects at the AHL level. Something which the franchises investment in college prospects is likely responsible for. It's hard to argue with the results, as Boeser is blowing expectations out of the way in his freshman season.

Best of all, as the season wanes Boeser progresses further ahead of his peers without any sign of slowing down.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Luca Sbisa End-to-End Rush

J.D. Burke
February 09 2016 10:39PM

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(Graphic courtesy Matthew Henderson. Follow him on Twitter: @MHenderson95)

It appears as though reports of the Canucks demise are greatly exaggerated.

With Vancouver's backs against the wall, they behaved like any group of young professionals would and called upon their mother's to help themselves get back on track. On the first of a two-leg road trip - on which the Canucks are accompanied by these mothers in question - the Canucks came to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche and get back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.

The two middling sides played a fast-paced contest, trading barbs early and keeping each other honest with hot goaltending. Vancouver separated themselves in the second, with Matt Bartkowski and Sven Baertschi potting a goal apiece to the one Colorado scored, courtesy Francois Beauchemin. Bo Horvat netted the insurance goal halfway through the third, giving Vancouver the 3-1 lead they'd take to the final buzzer for the win.

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Target forward prospects too?

Ryan Biech
February 09 2016 03:00PM

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumours, speculation and trade ideas will be plentiful. The Canucks situation is one which will be followed closely leaguewide, as Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis still may or may not be in play. If they are, that changes the entire market.

Ideally, the Canucks take advantage of the trade market and deal both for picks and prospects. There should be quite a few teams that would be a fit for either. Supply and demand indicates the Canucks will be able to pick their dance partner should they present themselves with a worthy offer.

Which has us wondering which pieces might be of interest and what thought process the Canucks will enter this hugely formative stretch with.

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