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Canucks' H. Sedin likely out until after All-Star break

by Mike G. Morreale

NEWARK, N.J. -- Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin might not return to the lineup until after the All-Star break because of an upper-body injury sustained Sunday against the New York Islanders.

Sedin did not practice with the team on Monday at AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, N.J.

"We'll probably send him back [to Vancouver] so he won't have any more games the rest of the road trip," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "Hopefully he'll be ready after the All-Star break. I think it's probably a 10-day injury or so."

The Canucks play the fourth of a six-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Tuesday. They close out the trip at the Boston Bruins on Thursday and at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, then return home to play the Nashville Predators on Jan. 26. The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game is Jan. 31 in Nashville.

Sedin sustained the injury late in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win and did not return. Sedin was hit into the side boards by Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski, who received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

Daniel Sedin knows his twin brother won't like having to sit at a time when the Canucks are coming off two straight victories.

"He's not too happy; he wants to play every game and he's upset," Daniel said. "But he has to face the facts that if he's not 100 percent, he needs to rest. It'll be tough playing a few games without him."

Henrik, who has nine goals and 37 points in 44 games this season, missed two games with a lower-body injury in December.

In his absence, Desjardins will likely have Jared McCann center Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata on the top line.

"[McCann] is a lot of faster than Henrik," Daniel Sedin said with a grin. "They are different players. Jared plays with speed and tries to beat guys 1-on-1. We played together before Christmas and did a good job. We're hoping for the best against a good team [Tuesday night]."

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