Henrik Sedin (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Vancouver Canucks have the NHL’s worst record over their past 10 games and things aren’t getting any easier as Henrik Sedin was forced to leave Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury. Sedin, 35, has nine goals and 31 points in 33 games, and is second in team scoring to brother Daniel.
Henrik Sedin’s season has been nothing short of remarkable, and the 35-year-old had nine goals and 31 points in 32 games heading into Thursday night. But his 2015-16 campaign hit may be derailed for at least a few games as the Canucks captain was forced out of Thursday’s game against Philadelphia and was unable to return.
Sedin skated a total of 5:08 in the contest, but wasn’t back for the second period. It’s hard to tell when the injury occurred because there was no single moment when Sedin looked injured, but he did take two solid hits in the first frame. The first hit came from Flyers center Sean Couturier midway through the first period and Sedin was hit a second time, this time by defenseman Michael Del Zotto with 6:29 remaining in the period.
Sedin left the ice nine seconds after the Del Zotto hit and skated two more shifts — one 24 seconds, the other 1:02 — before the first frame ended. It was then announced that Sedin would not return to the game.
There was no update post-game, and coach Willie Desjardins didn’t offer an update on Sedin. However, the Desjardins did say the Canucks were likely to be calling someone up from the Utica Comets, which they did this afternoon with the recall of center Linden Vey.
Sedin hasn’t missed much time with injury throughout his career and he’s never suffered a major injury. Over his 14-year career, Sedin has been sidelined a total of 21 games. His most recent ailment — a leg injury — held him out of action for four games in March and April 2014.
If there are any players the Canucks can ill afford to lose it would be Sedin and his brother Daniel. Vancouver is mired in a terrible stretch of play and have the worst record of any team over their past 10 games at 2-6-2. The Canucks have lost three straight and when they’re getting offense, it’s coming primarily from the Sedin twins. Daniel and Henrik have each eclipsed the 30-point plateau, and no other player has reached 20 points this season.
Both Sedins are also pacing the club in goals, as Daniel has picked up 14 while Henrik sits tied for second with nine. But Henrik has been the primary set up man on the Canucks, and he helps the team operate its already mediocre power play. Losing Sedin for any period of time only means the power play is bound to get worse.
Here’s hoping Sedin can return sooner rather than later, or else things for the Canucks won’t be getting better anytime soon.