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Canucks without Henrik Sedin against Kings

Captain sustained upper-body injury Saturday; Vrbata likely to return @NHLdotcom

CANUCKS (25-27-12) at KINGS (38-22-4)

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; SNP, KCOP-13, NHL.TV

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin won't play Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The forward is back in Vancouver being evaluated for an upper-body injury sustained in a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, coach Willie Desjardins said Monday.

Sedin, 35, has 10 goals and 48 points in 58 games this season. His 38 assists lead the Canucks.

Linden Vey will center the top line between Daniel Sedin and Emerson Etem.

"It's tough to have Hank down; a guy who means so much to our team, but to get this opportunity against a really good hockey club is good for Etem and I," Vey told the Canucks website. "For me, the last part of the season is not only getting the team in the (Stanley Cup) Playoffs but earn a spot back with the Canucks. It's a big game tonight."

Forward Radim Vrbata is expected to return. Vrbata, who has been sidelined since Feb. 21 with a lower-body injury, skated on the fourth line with left wing Alexandre Burrows and center Jared McCann on Monday at Toyota Sports Center in Los Angeles.

"I think [Vrbata's] going to be hungry," Desjardins told the Canucks website. "I've always said what a professional he is. It wasn't losing Hank to bring him back in the lineup; he was coming back regardless."

Defenseman Christopher Tanev didn't skate Monday and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained Saturday.

The Kings did not hold a full-team morning skate Monday, according to LA Kings Insider. Goaltender Jonathan Quick didn't skate, but is expected to start.

Los Angeles plays the third game of a five-game homestand. The Kings are coming off a 3-2 loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks, who now lead Los Angeles by two points atop the Pacific Division.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter stressed the importance of rebounding against Vancouver, another divisional opponent.

"Division games are big," Sutter told LA Kings Insider. "We've played really well, but we've also lost two division games lately, so it puts importance on the division. At the end of the year and at the beginning of the year, I'm sure all teams talk about the importance of the division games."

Right wing Kris Versteeg, who sustained an upper-body injury against Anaheim, could return to the lineup alongside Kyle Clifford and Nick Shore.

Here are the projected lineups:

Daniel Sedin - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem
Sven Baertschi - Markus Granlund - Jake Virtanen
Brendan Gaunce - Bo Horvat - Derek Dorsett
Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller
Jacob Markstrom

Injured: Jannik Hansen (ribs), Henrik Sedin (upper body), Brandon Sutter (fractured jaw), Alexander Edler (fibula fracture)
Scratched: None

Milan Lucic - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson - Vincent Lecavalier - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jeff Carter - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Nick Shore - Kris Versteeg

Drew Doughty - Rob Scuderi
Alec Martinez - Jake Muzzin
Brayden McNabb - Luke Schenn

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Marian Gaborik (knee), Jordan Nolan (undisclosed), Matt Greene (shoulder surgery)
Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Jamie McBain

Status report: Vancouver is 2-2-2 without Henrik Sedin in the lineup this season. … Hamhuis is one point shy of 300 in his NHL career. … Toffoli had three goals in the 5-0 win against Vancouver on Dec. 28. … Carter has two goals in the past 21 games. Sutter told LA Kings Insider it's a concern. "Of course it is. I mean, you look at all the one-goal games down the stretch, you know who usually scores those goals? Top guys. If he's doing everything for us, then contributing offensively would be a big thing." … Greene skated at the end of practice Monday, but remains sidelined following shoulder surgery.

Who's hot: Baertschi has three points in his past two games. … Hamhuis has three points in the past two games. … Lucic has three points in the past two games. … Kopitar is on a three-game point streak.


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