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Henrik Sedin sees familiar face on verge of 1,000

Former teammate Roberto Luongo likely in goal when Canucks captain plays Panthers

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin says he hasn't put much thought into how he scores the 1,000th point of his NHL career but he admits he would like to do it at home.

With 999 points and an upcoming three-game road trip that will take the Canucks to the All-Star break, that means Friday against the Florida Panthers is Sedin's last chance for a while to hit the milestone at Rogers Arena, where he has played all of his 16 NHL seasons.

"That would be special," said Sedin, who scored in a 1-0 home win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday to reach 999. "That would be a big deal personally for me to do it here instead of somewhere else."

That also would mean doing it against good friend and former teammate Roberto Luongo, which is exactly how Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows said he would script it.

"Probably be power play, half clapper to Danny for a high tip -- the Sedin play -- beats Lou and it's the winning goal too," Burrows said. "That would be the perfect play."

Everything but the "winning goal" part, countered Luongo, who on Friday will attempt to become the fifth goaltender in NHL history to win 450 games.

"I'll give him 1,000 if he gives us two points," said the goalie who played eight seasons in Vancouver before a trade back to Florida on March 4, 2014.

Video: NSH@VAN: H. Sedin lifts puck off Rinne's pad and in

Joking aside, Luongo said it was fitting Sedin would be the first player to reach 1,000 points with the Canucks. The 36-year-old has missed 30 NHL games in his career, and twin brother Daniel Sedin, who is 33 points short of 1,000, has missed 53.

Henrik, who has been Canucks captain since the 2010-11 season, won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy last season as the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.

"He was a huge part of not only the team but the city, him and his brother," Luongo said. "They have been the face of this franchise for as long as I have been in the League, so it's going to be a special moment, hopefully not tomorrow night, but eventually when he does get it."

Chosen with the No. 3 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, one spot behind Daniel, Henrik has 29 points in 46 games this season and is on a three-game point streak that followed a four-game drought. With 232 goals and 767 assists in 1,212 NHL games, he would be the 85th player to score 1,000 NHL points and the 38th to do so with one franchise.

Perhaps more importantly, Henrik said, he beat Daniel to another milestone.

"I told him it's not going to be as big a deal when he goes through it," Henrik said.

The points don't come as frequently as they used to for Henrik, a center who won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy after scoring 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists) during the 2009-10 season. But Henrik and Daniel still are counted on to lead the Canucks offense as they fight to stay in the Stanley Cup Playoff race.

Vancouver (21-19-6) is tied with the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference heading into the game against Florida (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-F, NHL.TV).

That's made it easy for the Sedins to dismiss talk of milestones and legacies.

"He beat me to it again," Daniel said with a smile. "But it's not something we look at right now. It's something we'll probably look back at after our careers. I don't think he cares too much about it right now. He wants to help us win games, and if he gets a few points here and there it helps us win, that's what he's worried about."

Henrik and Daniel are fourth and fifth among Sweden-born players in NHL games played and points, trailing Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564 games; 1,142 points), Mats Sundin (1,346 games; 1,349 points) and Daniel Alfredsson (1,246 games; 1,157 points).

The Sedins said they don't have any family flying in to mark the special occasion.

"Danny is going to be here," Henrik deadpanned.

So will Luongo.

"Good teammate and friend, and if it lines up like that, I am sure he would be somewhat happy," Henrik said.

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