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Report: Daniel Sedin expected to be “fine for next week”

Apr 7, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

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There are plenty of good teams in the Western Conference, but is there a true “favorite” this year? The “unproven” status of the St. Louis Blues and the various issues for other contenders* makes me reflexively insert the Vancouver Canucks in that category. Yet there’s that nagging question: will Daniel Sedin be healthy?

“Healthy” might be a relative term, but TSN reports that an unnamed Canucks executive said the “shooting Sedin” should “be fine for next week.”

Henrik Sedin provided some pretty positive feedback about his brother’s recovery.

“Early on, maybe (Daniel had concern), but as time has moved on he’s felt better and better,” Henrik said.

Daniel Sedin is fighting off concussion symptoms and has been sidelined since Duncan Keith‘s controversial elbow in a March 21 match. (Keith received a five-game suspension for his bad deeds.)

The playoffs officially begin on Wednesday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Canucks’ first round will start then. That might depend on where they rank as far as seeding is concerned (stay tuned for the schedule to roll out on Sunday), yet it seems like the odds are in favor of the Sedin twins being reunited once the games start to really matter.

* – Some are awful on the road, others lack offensive punch, defensive savvy and stable goaltending. A few might even suffer from all of the above

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