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Kings bracing to face Canucks' Daniel Sedin

The Vancouver standout rejoins his teammates on the ice, taking part in a full practice for the first time in more than a week.

April 17, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, right, celebrates a goal by teammate Ryan Kesler during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes in March. Sedin could be back on the ice Wednesday against the Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Vancouver's Daniel Sedin, right, celebrates a goal by teammate Ryan… (Darryl Dyck / Associated…)

Vancouver Canucks star Daniel Sedin was back in the building ... and back on the ice.

As for Game 4 against the Kings? His readiness will likely come down to a game-time decision Wednesday.

The forward, who has been out since March 21 because of a concussion, rejoined his teammates at practice in El Segundo on Tuesday afternoon. It was the first time in eight days he has taken part in a full practice.

 “It felt great. It’s been a tough four weeks," said Sedin, who flew to Los Angeles from Vancouver on Monday. "It’s good to be back, first of all feeling good. That’s been my main issue. I really wanted to be back for the playoffs. But when that wasn’t the case, my main concern was getting back to 100%."

The Kings lead the Canucks, 3-0, in this first-round playoff series.

Asked whether he would be able to play, Seding said, "We’ll take it day by day. Today felt good and we’ll see how it is tomorrow morning."

The Kings are fully expecting to face Sedin. Even in limited play, like on the power play, he could provide a major boost to the struggling Canucks. They are 0 for 14 on the power play and have scored a mere four goals in three games.

"If he’s made the trip down and on the ice with the team, we  have to assume he’s going to play," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "It’s not going to change anything we’re going to do as a team. But certainly you have to prepare as if he’s going to be there. He’s a big part of their team. And we have to be ready in case he does play."

Scuderi talked about the challenge of playing the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. The Sedins were on a line with David Booth at practice Tuesday.

 "They’re tricky to play against," Scuderi said. "There’s no doubt about it.  They put the puck to space so well with each other, you have to respect it. Like I said, you don’t want to change anything that we’re doing, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are hard to play against as a duo."

Brad Richardson returns for Kings

The Kings were encouraged by the return of forward Brad Richardson, who had an emergency appendectomy eight days ago. This was his first full practice since then and Coach Darryl Sutter said Richardson has been cleared for all activity. Kyle Clifford, injured in Game 1, has not resumed skating.

Richardson, skating with linemates Colin Fraser and Jordan Nolan, said he has been feeling better the last three to four days.

"For the first three or four days you feel [bad] because of the anesthesia and you’re really sore," Richardson said. "As soon as you kind of get over that hump three or four days you feel really good. Today I felt the best and I’m hoping I feel even better tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the game."

Should Richardson return for Game 4, then rookie Andrei Loktionov would probably be the odd man out. Loktionov is scoreless in the first three games of the series, averaging about four minutes of playing time per game.


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