The Hockey News player of the week for the period of Jan. 3-9, 2011, is Vancouver Canucks left winger Daniel Sedin.
The Canucks played four games on the week, posting a 3-0-1 record, and Daniel was in on the scoring each night. First up was a matchup with the Sharks, which Vancouver won 4-3. Sedin recorded three shots on net in 17:09 of ice time and posted a goal and assist to go with his plus-1 rating.
Two nights later the Canucks hosted division rival Calgary. Daniel Sedin played the fewest amount of minutes he had in a game to that point, going out for 14:58. He scored one goal on four shots in Vancouver’s 3-1 win.
The Canucks hosted another division rival Friday night as the Edmonton Oilers came to town. Sedin played even less, recording 14:42. However, he contributed in a big way, notching two goals and one assists for three points and a plus-2 rating in an easy 6-1 victory.
Finally, on Saturday night the Canucks played the Detroit Red Wings. Sedin was back up to 22:12 of ice time and scored Vancouver’s lone goal on the power play goal in a 2-1 shootout loss.
With 25 goals and 54 points in 41 games, Daniel Sedin is tied with brother Henrik for third in the NHL scoring race behind Steven Stamkos (57) and Sidney Crosby (66).
The Canucks sit first in the NHL, one point ahead of Detroit, with a 27-8-6 record.