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At the Rink: Canucks at Red Wings

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- The Vancouver Canucks will be without injured center Henrik Sedin when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-D+).

"He won't be in tonight," coach Willie Desjardins said. "I don't think it will be long (before Sedin returns to the lineup)."

Sedin left a 2-0 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in the second period because of a lower-body injury.

Desjardins said Sedin's injury is not a new one.

"I've been aware of it for a little bit," he said after the game Thursday.

Center Jared McCann could take Sedin's place on Vancouver's top line, and the Canucks recalled forward Linden Vey from Utica of the American Hockey League. Vey had 10 goals and 24 points in 75 games with the Canucks last season.

Sedin, who played nine shifts totaling 5:08 of ice time Thursday, is second on the Canucks with nine goals and 31 points in 33 games this season.

The loss was the Canucks' eighth in their past 10 games (2-6-2). It was the fifth time in their past 10 they've been held to two goals or fewer.

Detroit's third defense pairing of Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko will remain intact Friday. Jakub Kindl will be a healthy scratch for the eighth consecutive game and for the 12th time in 13 games.

"I think Brendan has played very well, I think Marchenko has played very well," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "That's not in indictment on Kindl at all. I think when Kindl has played he's played well. But we made a decision that players a lot of times are better when they're playing on a consistent basis, so we just want to go with a consistent group as long as we could."

Smith had been a risk-taker who sometimes got caught up ice, but has only jumped into the play when the situation has called for it this season.

"I think he's taken what's given. I think he's made plays when he's had opportunities to make plays," Blashill said. "He can get up in the offense, be real active in the O-zone, he's an offensive instinct type player and I think he's coupled that by making good decisions in his own zone, good decisions in the neutral zone and he's got a toughness and an edge to him. He punches back when people try to punch you. I think that's an important part of the team."

Friday will be Marchenko's 25th game in a row since being recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Oct. 24 because of Kyle Quincey's ankle injury. When Smith does take chances, Marchenko, a stay-at-home defenseman, can cover for him.

Here are the projected lineups:


Daniel Sedin - Jared McCann - Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen

Sven Baertschi - Adam Cracknell - Radim Vrbata

Brandon Prust - Linden Vey - Derek Dorsett

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton - Yannick Weber

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Injured: Henrik Sedin (lower body) Luca Sbisa (hand), Brandon Sutter (sports hernia), Dan Hamhuis (facial fracture)

Scratched: Ronalds Kenins, Andrey Pedan


Dylan Larkin - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Brad Richards

Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar

Tomas Jurco - Luke Glendening - Joakim Andersson

Niklas Kronwall - Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser - Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith - Alexey Marchenko

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Injured: Drew Miller (broken jaw), Teemu Pulkkinen (dislocated shoulder), Johan Franzen (concussion), Kyle Quincey (ankle)

Scratched: Jakub Kindl

Status update: Quincey practiced with the team Friday for the first time since he left the lineup with his injury.

Who's hot: Richards has a goal and an assist in his past two games.

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