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They’re starting to panic about the Sedins in Vancouver

Mar 7, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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With one combined point in their last six games, the Sedins have become the main topic of concern in Vancouver, where the Canucks have dropped back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since October.

Last night, it was a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, leading The Province’s Tony Gallagher to write:

The twins are working hard enough, you can see that. But the magic has taken its leave and has been replaced by crippling frustration. They seem far apart from each other on the ice. There’s not the same sense of positioning with respect to the other guy.

And the question has to be when, or more troubling if, that magic is coming back. Throw in the hilarious performance from Alex Edler in this one – most of the humour coming on his fluke goal – and you have to say Samuel Pahlsson was the best Swede on the ice for Vancouver, and when that’s the case, they’re toast.

Theories abound as to why Henrik and Daniel are struggling:

—- They’re exhausted. The twins have played a ton of hockey over the last year, and they didn’t get the All-Star break off either.

—- Clutching and grabbing is back in the NHL, and that’s hindering their ability to operate.

—- Combine the declining number of penalties being called and the opposition knowing it has to stay out of the box against Vancouver, and they’re not getting as many opportunities on the power play.

—- The book is out, and it reads: Instead of giving them time and space, give them a crosscheck in the back.

If there’s reason for optimism as the playoffs approach, it’s Vancouver’s schedule. The Canucks are at home until March 19, and they only play four games between now and then. If the twins are tired, that should help.

  1. drewsylvania - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Except for the clutching and grabbing, music to my ears.

  2. mgp1219 - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Give them a break, it’s geting close to the playoffs. Everyone knows that’s the time of year when the sisters choke. It’s not their fault, they were born that way.

    • kitshky - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Yawn..

    • salmon90 - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      how many players have scored more points in the playoffs than the Sedins over the past three seasons? Right up there in the top 3. Only Toews and Malkin in their company.

      • kitshky - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Whoa whoa whoa …hold on there pal. This is no place for facts!

  3. pchow - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Oh the sedins and kesler aren’t producing? Thats ok, good thing we have Cody…. Am I right?! :|

  4. haterzgonahate - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    no need to panic… besides, the Habs are in town Saturday. Sedin’s always pad the points againts the Habs. they’ll be fine

    • scottybcboy - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      Exactly, against weak defending or puck possession teams…Mtl, Edm, Det, Tor,…the Sedins thrive, to bad the Canucks will have to go through Stl, Nsh, LA, and maybe NYR, Bos in order to win the Cup. Not going to happen, the Nucks would have been out against Nsh last year except for a superhuman performance from Kesler, can’t count on that every year/series.

  5. davebabychreturns - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    If that’s what the book says on the Sedins, it is wrong. They feast on teams that try to play them physical, unless we’re talking about the two or three teams in the league that have defenders (Chara, Suter, etc) who can play physical without giving up anything in terms of positioning.

    As for what’s going on right now, it’s got the Tony Gallaghers of the world concerned. And the drewsylvanias of the world celebrating. Call me when the games actually matter.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      I’m pretty sure I’m not an archetype.

      • danphipps01 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        Who else could we use to title it? Jack Edwards? As far as candidates go, we don’t have many who actually know how hockey works, so I guess that makes you a frontrunner.

  6. hsnepts - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    AV is a decent coach, but he doesnt rest his veterans enough, and it has cost us over the years. I don’t know why he can’t learn this.

    The Sedins are 31 and have played 8 rounds of playoff hockey over the last 3 years. All this on the team with the hardest travel schedule.

    GIVE HENRIK A REST. Same for Daniel, Salo and anyone else who’s age starts with a 3. Do what Babcock does.

    AV, you have to learn from the best. You really think Lidstrom’s ankle is that bad?

    Home ice advantage is not as advantageous as rested players.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Heh. So I wasn’t the only one wondering about that.

  7. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    You have Zach

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