Henrik Sedin had one incredible season, one that I believe should
earn him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He was the
catalyst for a great year for the Canucks, and there’s no question he
was the force behind their success this season.
But it could have
better. More amazingly, his brother Daniel could have had a similarly
great season as well. The second half of the Sedin twins was injured
early in the season, and played just 63 games compared to brother
Henrik finished with 112 points, good for 1.36
points a game.
Daniel finished with 85 points in 63 games, or 1.34
points a game.
Imagine the numbers these two would have put up
together in 82 games, in a season where they both finally seemed to ‘get
it’. They turned the corner from great to elite, and it’s incredible
how it could have been even more magical. Of course, the way Daniel
describes it, there’s the though that his injury helped Henrik take that
next step. From
Jim Jamieson of The Province:
“When I got the injury, I didn’t know how Hank was going to react,
but seeing him produce when I was gone, I think it helped both of us,”
said Daniel on Monday, as the media hordes descended on GM Place to
chronicle what is clearly the most prestigious trophy win in the
Canucks’ 40-year history.
“Coming back I knew if he could do it
without me, we should be better with each other.
This is Crosby and Ovechkin playing on the same team;
two incredibly talented players just entering their prime who
compliments each other perfectly. That their twins — and seemingly
telepathic — makes them all the more dangerous.
The Chicago Blackhawks are on edge on Saturday, and it’s not because of what’s currently a close game against the Anaheim Ducks.
(Not that they’re indifferent toward a match against their opponents from last year’s conference final match, mind you.)
Instead, the Blackhawks are quite concerned about the health of Marian Hossa, who needed help off of the ice following an awkward, scary-looking crash into the boards. (Hampus Lindholm delivered the hip check that sent Hossa sprawling, in case you’re wondering.)
Video isn’t yet available, but My Regular Face’s GIF captures that troubling moment:
It’s too early to tell if Hossa will bounce back or miss some time from this. Stay tuned for potential updates.
If it weren’t for Mike Yeo and the Minnesota Wild, you could argue that the Florida Panthers suffered from the worst night so far.
You can see that Saturday was unpleasant merely from looking at the scoreboard: the Nashville Predators pummeled the Panthers by an unkind score of 5-0.
The pain goes beyond that … literally so.
For one thing, Quinton Howden suffered an upper-body injury and did not return. That’s no good, but if you want to feel sick to your stomach, footage of Brandon Pirri‘s likely lower-body injury (ankle maybe?) may do the trick.
(Seriously, you may be happier if you don’t look.)
The Panthers didn’t make an announcement about Pirri one way or another, so we’ll see if he somehow avoided anything significant.
Either way, it was a night this team would like to forget.
It’s unlikely that Chris Stewart will generate another 30-goal season in the NHL, but he still might be missed by the Anaheim Ducks.
The team announced that the ornery forward is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a fractured jaw. If that’s the recovery window, Stewart may go into the playoffs a little rusty (if he can get in any regular season games at all).
The Ducks didn’t elaborate, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline believes that the injury happened during a fight with Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can see that brawl in the video above.
One bright side for Anaheim: if they believe that they need to replace what Stewart brings to the table (rugged play with a dash of offense), then at least this injury happened before the the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
As many expected, the Minnesota Wild will make John Torchetti their interim head coach, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.
(He’s not the only one to report as much, as TSN’s Bob McKenzie also stated that he’s likely to take the job.)
The team itself hasn’t made an official announcement about Torchetti, and the reasoning is probably simple enough: he’s coaching their AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild on Saturday night.
Torchetti is no stranger to the NHL, although he’ll probably be frustrated if this opportunity doesn’t turn into a full-time gig. He was also an interim head coach for the Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers.
As of this writing, the Wild are in a three-way tie for the first spot outside of the West’s wild card mix, although they could sink a bit depending upon how Arizona and Vancouver handle the one game they have in hand on the Wild.
More importantly, Minnesota’s currently three points behind Nashville for the final wild card spot.
That’s not an impossible goal for Torchetti. For whatever it’s worth, Sports Club Stats gives Minnesota a 34.7 percent chance to make the playoffs.
(Note: photo via the Iowa Wild.)