SEDIN RETURNS TO VANCOUVER
The clubs top scorer, Daniel Sedin, has returned to Vancouver to have his foot re-examined by team doctors. Media speculated Sedin would be ready to suit up sometime during the team’s road trip, however, at the earliest Sedin isn’t expected to see game action until Friday Nov 20th against Colorado.
Sedin has missed 16 games after, injuring his foot October 7th against Montreal.
At 6’1” 183 lbs, Sedin has four points in four games this season with the Canucks, while twin brother Henrik leads team scoring with 20 points in 20 games (9-11-20).
Now that the injury bug seems to have passed and healthy bodies are sliding back into the Canucks line up, the wins should be rolling in right?
The Canucks, who have struggled away from home posting a 3-11-0 road record, are battling hard to get their offense going. In their last three outings, the club has been outscored 11-3. And while the team has played well, dominating play and outworking opponents, they haven’t been able to get those lucky bounces to go their way.
“Definitely, some of us aren't contributing enough offensively," explained Kyle Wellwood, who has one point in 16 games.
"We sort of relied on a few guys to get it done early in the season. That was working a little bit. But now that a couple of them aren't scoring every game, other guys have to contribute.”
"Right now, some guys including me are struggling a little bit," said Mikael Samuelsson, who was on fire early in the season.
"I don't know really what to say about that. The key is don't think too much about it. Go out and play your hardest and hopefully it goes in. Like every team, you don't win with one line. You don't win with two lines. I've said it before: You win with a whole team."
"We just couldn't make the plays to win the game," said defenceman Kevin Bieksa.
"We had ample chances to score [Thursday against Detroit]. There's a lot of chances we'd like to have back. We just couldn't put the puck in the net. That's the difference. You're not going to win many road games scoring one goal."
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
On a positive note, the Canucks welcomed back winger Jannik Hansen, who played his first game this season after breaking three fingers in a pre-season scrap against Edmonton’s Gilbert Brule. Netminder Roberto Luongo also saw his first start since October 27th, after fracturing his rib.
Mason Raymond, often criticized in the media for his lack of production despite his great speed and upside, is starting to put up numbers scoring five goals in the last seven games (8-2-10).
At 6’0” 185lbs, the Cochrane, Alberta native is already on track to surpass his 11 goals and 12 assists (11-12-23) he put up last season with the Canucks.
And, while the team is struggling to get those road wins, they rank 5th in the league at home posting a 7-2-0 record. Good news for the team as they finish up their road trip Saturday in Colorado, returning to Vancouver for a 10-day home stand.