The Vancouver Canucks announced Monday that winger Daniel Sedin, who missed the first three games of their playoff series against the Kings because of a concussion, will join the team for a full practice on Tuesday. A loss to the Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center would end the season for the Canucks, who won the Presidents’ Trophy for having the NHL’s best regular-season record.
The announcement, made on the team’s Twitter feed, was something of a surprise. Sedin, who was injured March 21 when he took an elbow to the head from Chicago’s Duncan Keith, had practiced once last week but was unable to play in the Canucks’ two losses at Vancouver. He didn’t accompany the team to Los Angeles for Game 3, a 1-0 victory by the Kings on Sunday.
His return could boost the Canucks’ offense — he scored 30 goals this season — and their morale. They’ve scored only four goals in three games and have gone 0 for 14 on the power play. His twin and linemate, Henrik, has clearly missed him, and the connection they have both as twins and as world-class players who see the ice so well.
Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault was scheduled to comment on the situation Monday afternoon at the team’s Santa Monica hotel.