A hit from behind knocked Henrik Sedin out of Vancouver’s Sunday game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury, and the Canucks aren’t likely to have their captain back in the lineup until February.
Ahead of Vancouver’s game against the New York Rangers Tuesday, Sedin wasn’t on the ice for practice. Post-practice, Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said the injury will keep Sedin out of the lineup for the remaining three games of Vancouver’s six-game road trip and Desjardins said he doesn’t expect his top-line center to return before the all-star break is over.
"We'll probably send him back [to Vancouver] so he won't have any more games the rest of the road trip," Desjardins said, via NHL.com's Mike Morreale. "Hopefully he'll be ready after the all-star break. I think it's probably a 10-day injury or so.”
Luckily for Sedin, the all-star break should give him nearly three weeks to recover from the upper-body injury. While the nature of Sedin’s injury hasn’t been disclosed, he told the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma the injury was something “new,” and Kuzma suggested it could be a shoulder injury. Sedin said it was impossible for him to return to Sunday’s game after he left.
"He's not too happy; he wants to play every game and he's upset," Daniel Sedin told Morreale. "But he has to face the facts that if he's not 100 percent, he needs to rest. It'll be tough playing a few games without him."
Sedin was on pace for a 15-goal, nearly 70-point season before he went down. Though there’s no good time for an injury to an offensive leader like Sedin, the timing of Sedin’s injury with the all-star break will give him close to three weeks worth of rest while only missing four games.
The Canucks are currently sitting two points away from a post-season position and are only one point back of the Sharks and Coyotes in the Pacific Division, though both San Jose and Arizona hold the tie-breaker over Vancouver.