SANTA MONICA, Calif. --
Help could be coming for the Vancouver Canucks
Leading scorer Daniel Sedin
will join the team for a full practice Tuesday, the team announced. Sedin hasn't played since he sustained a concussion after being elbowed in the head by Duncan Keith
of the Chicago Blackhawks
on March 21.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault
said Monday that he did not know if Sedin will be available for Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC). Vancouver is down 3-0 in the series.
"That won't be my decision," Vigneault said. "That's a medical decision. He's been skating now for a quite a few days. They feel that he's progressed real well and he's cleared to practice with the team. We'll have a better indication here in the next couple days."
Vancouver sorely misses Sedin, the NHL's leading scorer last season. It has scored four goals in three losses against L.A. and gone 0-for-14 on the power play. Vigneault is using Jannik Hansen
in Sedin's place beside brother Henrik Sedin
, but the offense hasn't materialized.
was thought to be returning for the start of the series. He skated with the team last week, but was believed to have had a setback. Vigneault wasn't certain Sedin would be available but acknowledged what it would mean.
"Obviously in the situation that we're faced with, for him to be back in our lineup would be a big boost," Vigneault said. "But we don't know so we'll see how it goes in the next little while here."
Vancouver players were upbeat at the news on a sunny off-day at their swanky hotel.
"If he happens to play and he's in the lineup, I assume that he's going to be relied on," Keith Ballard
said. "He's going to be put in situations. He's probably going to play a good amount. We will rely on him if he's in the lineup."
Goalie Cory Schneider
got a first-hand look at how his team has struggled in a 1-0 loss in Game 3 Sunday.
"Goals are hard to come by," Schneider said. "Getting a 30-goal guy and last year's Art Ross
[Trophy] winner definitely couldn't hurt. We're still feeling good. We're not relying on a savior to come in and help us. But to get a player that caliber back would be a big boost for us."
Vigneault did not say whether Schneider would return in net for Game 4.