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Putting Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin under the spotlight

We Are All Canucks

Starting during the 2008-09 season, the Vancouver Canucks dropped the “We Are All Canucks” campaign on their fans.  Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.

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A month into the season, and fourteen games under their belts, let’s take a look back at the start of the 2011-2012 season, along with the last five games for Daniel Sedin.

Leading the team with just over a point a game (15pts in 14gms), Daniel has been the Goose to Henrik’s Maverick and Burrow’s Ice Man, on the Canucks top line. Earlier this week, Daniel locked himself into a tie with Pavel Bure for 4th all time on the goal scoring list pocketing his 254 goal in a 5-1 victory over Calgary.

Though he has played about 400 more games for Vancouver than the Russian Rocket, there is a good chance he will take over third place on the list in less amount of games than it took the “Steamer”.

While he is known to be the main goal scorer of the trio, Daniel has only produced one back to back set of games in which he scored a goal (Oct 20&22).  Since that time, Sedin has had a case of frostbite, pocketing only one goal in his last six games.

Sedin under the spotlight

In an effort to shake up the scoring consistency on Friday night, Alain Vigneault decided to go with the all Euro line, moving Jannik Hansen up with the twins and Alex Burrows to play with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins, blowing up the American Express line.

While one game should not determine the fate of an experiment, it may not be long before Burrows returns his familiar spot alongside the twins.  After a relatively easy night at the office on Tuesday against Calgary, logging only fourteen minutes of ice time, Daniel punched the clock for his customary twenty minutes against the Wild and Blues.

As with the rest of the team, Vancouver fans are waiting for Daniel to start producing on a nightly basis.  It is one thing to tally points in blowout games against Washington and Calgary, when the whole team is firing on all cylinders, but it is another when the reigning Art Ross and Ted Lindsey award recipient goes stone cold against Minnesota and in a pair of  losses to St. Louis.

Hopefully Sedin’s mini slump is over, as last night vs. Chicago he had 3 points. He and his team have led fans to expect more than what we have been given to date.

LAST FIVE STAT LINE:

Canucks Record:  2-3  Goals:  1, Assists:  2, Points:  3, Plus/Minus +1      

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