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Daniel Sedin “absolutely” expects to play Game 4

Apr 18, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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If the Vancouver Canucks are going down, they’re going down at full strength.

That was the message from Los Angeles today as forward Daniel Sedin — out since Mar. 21 with a concussion — announced he’d be returning to the lineup for Wednesday’s decisive Game 4 against Los Angeles.

From Lisa Dillman of the LA Times:

Question: Right at this point are you expecting to play today?

Sedin: Yeah. Absolutely.

Given Vancouver trails the best-of-seven series 3-0, there are concerns Sedin’s rushing back into action for a series that’s already lost (of the 168 NHL teams that have lost the first three games of a playoff series, 165 have gone on to lose.) But even in the face of such adversity, the Canucks are displaying a remarkable amount of faith in themselves.

Following Sunday’s 1-0 loss that pushed Vancouver to the brink of elimination, team captain Henrik Sedin was unusually confident about his club’s prospects.

“We worked their D,” he said of the Kings blueline. “They are starting to get tired. We are really working them hard in their end. It’s going to turn around.”

There’s also Daniel’s impending return and the eerie similarities it has to last year, when Chicago inserted Dave Bolland into the lineup after going down 0-3 to the Canucks. Bolland had been sidelined with a concussion for over a month prior to rejoining the ‘Hawks but was huge in his comeback game, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS in the first of Chicago’s three consecutive victories.

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  1. rpiotr01 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Wow, what a coincidence. He got better just in time for possibly the last game of the season.

    Concussions are serious and the team shouldn’t clear him. If he wasn’t well enough to play last game or the game before, what makes them think he is now? Don’t put his health at risk just because the team is on the verge of getting shamed out of the playoffs.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Well, there is the fact this game is 3 days after the last one. If he was close but not quite comfortable last week, why does it surprise you that he is comfortable to play now?

      He said quite clearly after practice yesterday that he 100% wouldn’t go if he didn’t feel right this morning. He’s not willing to risk it, and he’s going to play now because he’s cleared protocol and feels fine.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    This is just not going to end well.

  3. 8spokedb - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Daniel is just coming back so he can console and wipe the tears out of Henrik and Robby Lou’s eyes after they get swept out of the playoffs and choke even worse than they did last yr. After tonight’s game i’m sure all the fraud Vancouver fans will burn down the city like they did in 94′ and last year after game 7 of the finals.

  4. mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I hope they lose, but still good to see him back, concussions are a horrible injury that can ruin more than just your hockey life.

  5. gallyhatch - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Bad bad bad bad bad decision. Savard rushed back for the Philly series two years ago, and ended up setting himself back. Big risk that Vancouver shouldn’t take. (& I’m a Bruins fan)

  6. callingitfromthehip - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Heres how tomorrow’s headlines will read tomorrow in L.A ” Vancouver swept by 8th seed Kings” “Luongo plays in last game as a Canuck ” and Sedin sister out indefinitely with permanent concussion given by Kings in game 4 …..

    The league needs to get a grip on things before the get real ugly the list includes the way injuries,penaltys , and off ice incidents.

  7. barroomhero80 - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    the series is over… that sedin sister shouldnt risk furhter injusry GKG!!

  8. sedingangbang - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Didn’t know we had so many MD’s on here. I love how everyone just assumes he’s being rushed back with no knowledge of the situation. Why would MG risk for their best players long term health in a series they have about a 3% chance of winning. He’s been skating since before the start of the playoffs, by my timetable this return date seems completely acceptable.

    • kitshky - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      You have quite possibly the most disconcerting username of all time …

  9. blomfeld - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    “”England expects that every man will do his duty” …

    That was the signal sent by Admiral Horatio Nelson from his flagship HMS Victory, as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to get under way back in 1805 … and it’s very much the reason why we’re conversing here in English today at PHT, as opposed to Spanish or French …

    friends … the bottom line is that the Vancouver Canucks are now “cornered rats” who must be dealt with “swiftly and ruthlessly” under no uncertain terms ! … this business of Daniel returning to the lineup worries me, as I suspect they’ve got something up their sleeve ? … nonetheless, it’s imperative that we Kings strike them hard and strike them often ! … I will personally not be at peace until this thing is finally over and we’re able to hoist our flag in victory … come on boys, let’s really give it to them ! … GO KINGS GO !

  10. fanisy - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I’m sorry, but this is not smart for him.

  11. baritone49 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    What? No suspension for Daniel from that nasty elbow he threw to smash Keith’s head into the glass?

    Seriously, Keith should have been punished no worse than Daniel, as Daniel threw the first and the worst blow. Just another favor done by the NHL to the Vancouver Ca-thugs.

    Strategically I am for them, as they would be much easier for us (the Hawks) to knock off, but I’d still kind of enjoy seeing the Kings eliminate them. It would be nice for somebody other than Chicago or Boston to do it.

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