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Sedin twins combine for 8 points vs Leafs

Feb 18, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks are picking up steam at just the right time, but the same certainly can’t be said for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Henrik Sedin had four assists while his brother, Daniel Sedin, scored his 25th goal and registered three assists in Vancouver’s 6-2 slaughtering of the Leafs.

Henrik also became the first player to reach the 50 assist mark in 2011-12, which is a feat that was only accomplished by nine guys last season, including both of the twins. However, Henrik is still eight points behind Evgeni Malkin in the Art Ross Trophy race, which was won by Henrik in 2009-10 and Daniel last season.

The Canucks are now 9-0-2 in their last 11 games and they are poised to coast to the Northwest Division title. Short of a monumental collapse, the only real question now for the Canucks is if they can manage to earn the first seed or if they’ll have to settle for second place in the Western Conference.

It’s a much different story in Toronto. The Leafs have now lost five of their last six contests and are clinging onto the eighth seed. The Leafs haven’t made the playoffs in the salary cap era and only the Florida Panthers, who are currently leading the Southeast Division, were in the midst of a longer postseason drought going into the 2011-12 campaign.

  1. polegojim - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    WOW…. I hope the Leafs get it together soon…

    That game was U-G-L-Y… with a captial UG.

    19 goals over, what… 3 games? And it aint all goalie issues.

    Sorry Toronto, that’s gotta hurt.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Thus setting up another post season collapse. Happy President’s Day/Trophy!

    • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      “Thus setting up another post season collapse” ?

      Friend … it sure does cause one to wonder, eh ? A quick review of the league’s current “Top 5″ for the following categories, reveals not a single Canuck ? (ie: baring Cori Schneider of course, who comes in at # 5 in the Save Percetage category:

      - Points Scored … no Canucks ?
      - Goals Against Average … no Canucks ?
      - Goals Scored … no Canucks ?
      - Goaltender Save Percentage … Schneider at # 5 spot, but where’s Luongo ?
      - Plus / Minus … no Canucks ?
      - Goaltender Wins … no Canucks ?

      I’m not a Canucks fan per se … but if I was, then I’d definitely be troubled by these alarming stats. At an rate, they’d be well served to remember this spring that racking up team points in a weak division during the regular season is completely meaningless, if you can’t seal the deal when it really counts. So I dare say that if the Canucks fail again this coming spring, then whatever riot we had last June is going to look like a picnic, for what’s in store this time around ! :(

      Blomfeld … a concerned Vancouver resident

      • pupsin - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:39 AM

        First of all, it’s Cory Schneider. You obviously seem like a guy who started watching Canucks hockey in last years playoffs run, and doesn’t watch regular season games. You seem adamant that regular season games mean nothing, yet bring up “alarming” regular season stats.

        - Points – Sedins have been slumping for roughly the last 5-10 games, baring tonight, yet are at 6th and 8th in points scored. Thats pretty good I think.

        - GAA/Save pct – Luongo has been playing very well for the last 3 months. Hasn’t allowed more than 3 goals since the Dec. 1st loss to Nashville. Take away a abysmally week October, and you’d have Luongo in the top 5 or top 7 for both categories.

        - Goals Scored – Canucks have 3rd highest total of GF in the league and the 3rd best Goal Differential in the league. They have something called a balanced lineup, with each line being able to chip in on the scoreboard.

        - Plus/Minus – You have 2 Canucks with a +21 and 1 with a +20. Individual Plus/Minus stats mean nothing. Goal Differential is a more useful stat.

        - Goaltender Wins – Canucks have a actually capable backup goaltender, which cannot be said for the other 5 goalies in the top-5.

      • jdubs21 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        Blomfeld do you know that on NHL.com, you can click and look at individual stats, not just league leaders? That would have been helpful in you “Post Season Collaspe” response.

        I see pupsin has already corrected your “alarming” stats. Why don’t you just get off the bandwagon now, because that’s what kind of fan you look like. The Canucks have been one of the best teams for the past dozen years, and each year they have made a run into the playoffs, for the past few years we’ve had some of the top scoring teams, and best goal differentials, best PP, PK, but I guess none of that means nothing because we don’t have the top goal scorer or the best goals against average.

      • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        “Au Contraire” Pupsin, Jdubs21 and others …

        It sounds like you people may be real hockey fans, rather than proponents of arson and and general mayhem ? … we praise be for that ! Come this spring, we can only hope that there’ll be more of your type on the streets here, as opposed to the latter !

        At any rate, my remarks were not meant to be derisive or insulting towards the Canucks’ play this year. It’s just that I was simply shocked to find no Canucks in any of the “top 5″ categories which they listed here yesterday ? … especially given the recent play of the Sedins and Lunogo ? I maintain that the Stanley Cup was “theirs” for the taking last June … how the Canucks lost game 7 the way they did is still a complete mystery to me ? Now as we head down the home stretch of this season, I’d say that again they’re the team to beat, just like last year. But if they don’t win the cup this time around however, then God help us all here in Vancouver ! … that’s all I’m saying.

      • pupsin - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        If you’re not a hockey fan, and are a concerned vancouver resident, WTF are you doing on a hockey blog? Shouldn’t you be going to pointless Downtown Vancouver Community meetings?

      • blomfeld - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        “WTF are you doing on a hockey blog? Shouldn’t you be going to pointless Downtown Vancouver Community meetings?” …

        Spoken like a true Canucks fan ! … good job there guy … and people wonder why we’re the most hated team in the league … LOL

      • salmon90 - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Aren’t you a Kings fan Blomfeld? Tell me you’re not posing as a Canucks fan just to try to stir the pot. I know you’re having trouble scoring goals (wayyyyyy outside of any top 5 category!) but this would be extremely pathetic. Tell me I’m wrong.

    • blomfeld - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Yes Salmon90 … I am an LA Kings fan and I’m very proud of that fact. Nonetheless, I also live within a 30 minute walk of GM Place (ie: or Rogers, Concord Pacific, Bosa, Telus … take your pick) and therefore it’s my prerogative as a tax-paying member of this city to state that “we” are the most hated team in the league … which is also a fact. Yours and these other poster’s are “exactly” the reason why I do not align myself with the hometown favorites. Come this spring however and should I again be confronted by you and your ilk, then trust me buddy, no quarter is going to be offered …

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    No, not 19 goals over 3 games, but a couple of all-around brutal efforts on this western roady. They’ve got 4 straight at home now so they better figure it out.

    • polegojim - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Yes… but I was only one game off… its 14 goals over the past 3 games…19 goals over the past 4 games…. that’s incredibly painful either way.

      16-9 at home, let’s hope they turn this around. With Devils, Sharks, Caps… that’s no small feat.

  4. captaincanuck84 - Feb 19, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Well said pupsin!!

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