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Don't forget about Henrik Sedin and the Canucks

Mar 29, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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Sedin.jpgWith everyone’s focus on Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and their
East Coast race for the Rocket Richard trophy, it seems that Henrik
Sedin and incredible season he’s having in Vancouver is going just a bit
unnoticed.

Crosby, Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos will fight
to the last game for the goals lead in the NHL, yet Sedin has a chance
to win the Art Ross with under 35 goals. It’s an incredible feat, and
the fact that he’s done it most of the season without his brother Daniel
is even more impressive.

It’s not just a matter of Sedin having a
great season; the Vancouver Canucks are battling for position in the
Western Conference. While they are unlikely to catch the San Jose Sharks
for the top seed they still have a great chance to reach the No. 2
spot, especially with Chicago faltering.

Alex Burrows knows that
they have a great chance at entering the playoffs playing their best
hockey of the season, which is exactly what you’d want. From
Ben Kuzma of The Province:

“It keeps you mentally
sharp to keep preparing for every game,” said
Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. “Washington has clinched first
and is playing for nothing –; that’s not the way to go into the
playoffs. We still have goals. We’re trying to get better and accomplish
a few things.”

Is that a dig at the Capitals letting
up a bit? Doubtful, but it’s a great point. The Capitals have nothing
to play for, then need to enter the playoffs and start playing at the
very best they can. The Canucks are going to be playing their best of
the season. Which would you prefer?

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