Henrik and Daniel Sedin didn’t see their second-half struggles coming.
But according to the younger brother, the rest of the league did.
That’s the word out of Vancouver as Daniel spoke to The Province’s Gord McIntyre on Wednesday, trying to explain how the Canucks power play operated at 26 percent until January, when it started to struggle and eventually plummeted to 11 percent.
“We became easy to defend,” Daniel said. “Predictable, yeah. We tend to rely on each other a lot.”
Oddly enough, Daniel figures his concussion suffered after the Duncan Keith elbow helped he and his brother snap out of their funk. It meant the twins were apart for 12 games, not unlike the 18 game split two years ago when Daniel broke his foot and Henrik went on to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies.
“He worked on his game two years ago and you could see the results, he became a different player,” Daniel said. “I think it was good we were apart for a bit and going forward, well, look at Henrik now – when he plays the way he did in the playoffs, he shoots more, he gets to those scoring areas.”
He’s got a point. Upon Daniel’s return in the opening round series against L.A., the Canucks power play — which up to that point had gone 0-for-14 — started clicking, scoring in the final three games of the series, going 3-for-7 overall.
Henrik scored two of the three, not bad considering he only scored eight during the regular season.
Report: Coyotes shut down Vitale (concussion) for the season
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.
Gaudreau, Monahan, Bouma express remorse after benching
“We want to apologize to the organization, the coaches, our team especially, and the city of Calgary and the fans,” Gaudreau said, per the team’s Twitter account. “For us not to show up like that, and miss a game like that, it’s not professional on our part.”
“I’m a young guy and I’m a leader on this team,” Monahan added. “I’ve got to step up and take that back and earn that respect again.”
More on what transpired at Tuesday’s practice, from Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley did his best to keep an epic Super Bowl party under wraps. But two of his players — Lance Bouma and Sean Monahan — arrived at the Saddledome at 10:15 am for a 10:30 Monday morning practice, and those two barely beat Johnny Gaudreau in the Saddledome doors.
Then practice started, and in the words of Calgary winger David Jones: “It’s a little embarrassing when we’re not (making) five-foot passes.”
“I think (Hartley) was pretty pissed off.”
The trio was then subsequently benched for last night’s game against Toronto, which the Flames won 4-3.
Tonight, the New York Rangers are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins at Consol, in a rematch of the ’14 and ’15 playoffs (the Blueshirts eliminated the Pens from each of the last two postseasons, you’ll recall.)
You can catch the game at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, or watch live online with NBC Sports’ Live Extra.