Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin is expected back in the lineup Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings after missing four games with a leg injury, according to coach John Tortorella.
"Today was a big step in the right direction, so I am hopeful," Sedin said.
Sedin practiced Friday on a line with wings Chris Higgins and Nicklas Jensen. Sedin's playmaking ability would be a huge asset for a Canucks team scrambling to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"He practiced well today," Tortorella said. "We'll wait until tomorrow, but right now I think he'll be able to play, which is good."
The Canucks are six points behind the Dallas Stars for the second Western Conference wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with five games left. The Stars hold a game in hand.
Before Sedin was injured in a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on March 23, he was on a three-game point streak, his longest since late October. He has 10 goals and 46 points in 65 games.