Report: Sedin twins decline World Championship invite due to injury

Thomas Drance
April 27 2015 01:26AM

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Though the Vancouver Canucks have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs prior to the beginning of the tournament, star first-line forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin won't be heading over to Europe to dominate on the international ice surface at the World Championships.

"Both me and Henrik (have) declined World Championship (invites) due to injury," Daniel is quoted as telling Expressen (via google translate). "We have informed (Team Sweden's head coach) Pär Mårts."

That the twins were battling through injury should come as a surprise to anyone who watched them play with the puck on a string in Vancouver's ill-fated first round series against the Calgary Flames.

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Canucks' Brad Richardson expected to return to lineup for Game 5

Thomas Drance
April 23 2015 07:46PM

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After a one game absence Vancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson is expected to play in Tuesday's night's crucial elimination tilt against the Calgary Flames.

The depth centreman, a crucial part of Vancouver's penalty kill, has been in and out of the lineup over the past month with an ankle injury that everyone in the organization has reportedly found "frustrating" (Richardson included).

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Should Jannik Hansen be playing with the twins in Game 5?

Thomas Drance
April 23 2015 07:21PM

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It's a do-or-die Game 5 for the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. 

Facing a Calgary Flames team that has proven exceedingly difficult to stick goals into, the Canucks are desperate and they need their best players to produce.

The Sedin twins have controlled play all series long, but they've been unable to beat Jonas Hiller. Flames players and Bob Hartley have boasted about their success at keeping the Flames to the outside throughout the series, and Daniel and Henrik have combined for two total points in four games. 

Now the twins' regular triggerman is out of the lineup, and instead of playing with Radim Vrbata - the club's only 30 goal scorer and the team MVP - the twins are playing with Jannik Hansen. Does it make any sense? 

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Ryan Miller starts 2nd period of Game 4 after Eddie Lack allows 3 goals on 7 shots

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 09:17PM

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He may not be 100 percent, but with the Vancouver Canucks' season on the line down two goals with 40 minutes to go in a crucial Game 4 against the Calgary Flames, it's Miller Time.

Ryan Miller replaced Eddie Lack at the start of the second period of Tuesday night's game, after Lack permitted three goals against on seven shots. You wouldn't necessarily say that Lack was at fault on any of the goals, but he did seem to be fighting the puck. 

Can the $6 million man stabilize the situation for a Canucks team that has been bleeding goals against since the series shifted to Calgary?

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Canucks' Brandon McMillan will play in Game 4; Sven Baertschi scratched

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 08:06PM

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With Alex Burrows out of the lineup, the Vancouver Canucks have turned to... Brandon McMillan?

McMillan, and not Sven Baertschi, is set to play for Vancouver in the absence of Burrows in Game 4, and will play in a depth role with Jannik Hansen apparently getting a look with the twins.

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