Don't forget about Henrik Sedin and the Canucks

Sedin.jpgWith everyone’s focus on Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and their
East Coast race for the Rocket Richard trophy, it seems that Henrik
Sedin and incredible season he’s having in Vancouver is going just a bit

Crosby, Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos will fight
to the last game for the goals lead in the NHL, yet Sedin has a chance
to win the Art Ross with under 35 goals. It’s an incredible feat, and
the fact that he’s done it most of the season without his brother Daniel
is even more impressive.

It’s not just a matter of Sedin having a
great season; the Vancouver Canucks are battling for position in the
Western Conference. While they are unlikely to catch the San Jose Sharks
for the top seed they still have a great chance to reach the No. 2
spot, especially with Chicago faltering.

Alex Burrows knows that
they have a great chance at entering the playoffs playing their best
hockey of the season, which is exactly what you’d want. From
Ben Kuzma of The Province:

“It keeps you mentally
sharp to keep preparing for every game,” said
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. “Washington has clinched first
and is playing for nothing –; that’s not the way to go into the
playoffs. We still have goals. We’re trying to get better and accomplish
a few things.”

Is that a dig at the Capitals letting
up a bit? Doubtful, but it’s a great point. The Capitals have nothing
to play for, then need to enter the playoffs and start playing at the
very best they can. The Canucks are going to be playing their best of
the season. Which would you prefer?

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?