ST. PAUL --
Officially, Vancouver's Henrik Sedin
is a game-time decision for tonight against the Minnesota Wild
at Xcel Energy Center, but all signs point to the Canucks captain being ready to go.
"It felt OK, better than yesterday, so that's a good sign," Sedin said. "We'll see, we'll see how it feels before the game. I guess it's a game-time decision."
Asked if he felt tonight like he did at this morning's skate, where Sedin was a full participant, he chucked. "We'll see tonight," he said with a smile.
Sedin did walk through the locker room with a slight limp, but the CT scan taken yesterday on his ailing ankle came back negative, meaning no broken bones. Even if Sedin was held from the lineup after pre-game warmups, there is no serious injury present, big news for a team battling for the top spot in the Western Conference. His presence would certainly be a big lift for a Vancouver locker room that wasn't sure of the captain's condition until today.
"I think when you see a guy go through that and he's out there practicing, he leads by example. He has a lot of respect in this room," Canucks forward Ryan Kesler
said. "He has a pretty good streak going, so hopefully he can continue it."
Sedin hasn't missed a game since 2004, and should he play tonight, his consecutive game streak will reach 553 -- second-longest in the NHL. But he said continuing that streak will not weigh into his decision on whether to play tonight or not.
"It's one of those things where if you're able to play, you play," Sedin said. "[The streak] has never been on my mind at all."