Daniel Sedin, who recorded his third career hat trick Thursday night over the Atlanta Thrashers, and Henrik Sedin, who notched his first career hat trick Nov. 14 against the Colorado Avalanche, have become the first pair of brothers to both net hat tricks during the same season for the same team since brothers Peter and Marian Stastny with Quebec Nordiques in 1982-83.
In 32 games this season Henrik’s amassed 41 points (14-27-41) which places him in third spot in NHL scoring, three points ahead of superstar Sidney Crosby and four points ahead of Alex Ovechkin. Henrik, who leads team scoring, has also collected two or more assists for six consecutive games.
Since his return on Nov. 22 and after missing 18 games with a broken foot, Daniel has picked up seven goals and 11 assists in 14 games and was named the NHL’s second star of the week for the week of December 7-13, 2009.
Pretty stellar accomplishments for a pair of brothers who’ve faced harsh criticisms regarding their inability to play without one another for their entire careers.
"We've had to prove ourselves all the time," explained Henrik.
When Daniel was sidelined for 18 games, Henrik proved he could play and produce points consistently in this league without his brother alongside him, notching on average a point a game. However, since reuniting the twins with right winger Alex Burrows the trio have gotten even better collectively generating 14 goals and 41 points in the their last ten games.
“We enjoy playing with each other,” said Henrik. “It’s a lot of fun. I’m playing with two great scorers. Both Danny and Burr can shoot the puck. They make my job easy, for sure.”
CANUCKS RECALL ROME
With Alex Edler sidelined with an upper-body injury, Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that defenceman Aaron Rome has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Rome, 26, completed a seven game conditioning assignment with the Manitoba Moose, recording seven points (6-1-7) and 15 penalty minutes. He rejoins the Canucks where he has appeared in 10 games and registered one point (0-1-1) and four penalty minutes in 2009-10.
The Nesbitt, Manitoba native signed as a free agent with the Canucks on July 2, 2009.
Rome skated with the team today during their game day skate, while Edler skated alone.
GAME DAY NOTES
Tonight the Canucks faceoff against the top team in the Western Conference the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings coming off a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Saturday night are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. While, the Canucks look for their third straight win after kicking off their eight-game home stand with two big victories late last week.
“We need wins that’s the bottom line,” explained Henrik. “We’re still outside the playoffs and we all know our schedule around the Olympics, so it’s going to be really tough.”
Forward Kyle Wellwood, who was sat out the last two games as a healthy scratch, is expected to suit up.
“Whenever you sit out you get time to look in the mirror and reflect on your play,” explained Wellwood. “I wasn’t motivated enough to do the things, particularly offensively, that keep me in the line up. Tonight I’m going to get out there and do my best to change that.”
Puck drops at 7 PST.