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Daniel Sedin says he and Henrik got predictable: “We became easy to defend”

Apr 26, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

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Henrik and Daniel Sedin didn’t see their second-half struggles coming.

But according to the younger brother, the rest of the league did.

That’s the word out of Vancouver as Daniel spoke to The Province’s Gord McIntyre on Wednesday, trying to explain how the Canucks power play operated at 26 percent until January, when it started to struggle and eventually plummeted to 11 percent.

“We became easy to defend,” Daniel said. “Predictable, yeah. We tend to rely on each other a lot.”

Oddly enough, Daniel figures his concussion suffered after the Duncan Keith elbow helped he and his brother snap out of their funk. It meant the twins were apart for 12 games, not unlike the 18 game split two years ago when Daniel broke his foot and Henrik went on to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies.

“He worked on his game two years ago and you could see the results, he became a different player,” Daniel said. “I think it was good we were apart for a bit and going forward, well, look at Henrik now – when he plays the way he did in the playoffs, he shoots more, he gets to those scoring areas.”

He’s got a point. Upon Daniel’s return in the opening round series against L.A., the Canucks power play — which up to that point had gone 0-for-14 — started clicking, scoring in the final three games of the series, going 3-for-7 overall.

Henrik scored two of the three, not bad considering he only scored eight during the regular season.

  1. leepetertk - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    The Canucks used a drop pass in the neutral zone to create space in the neutral zone and then advance into the offensive zone. This tactic worked wonderfully in the first half of the season. In the second half, the drop pass was so predictable and other teams countered it well. The Canucks persisted on using the drop pass despite this. It went from a drop pass near the offensive blueline to a drop pass on the defensive blueline. This led to several shorthanded goals, i.e. one of the Dustin Brown shorthanded goals in game 2 was off a defensive zone drop pass interrupted by Kopitar. The Canucks needed to change their powerplay sooner than game 4 of the playoffs.

    I don’t have the stats on this, but I also thought Vancouver was not winning a lot of offensive zone faceoffs on the powerplay in the second half of the season. Particularly the first faceoff. Early in the season, they were really proficient at this and it led to a lot of early powerplay chances. In the second half, they seemed to lose this faceoff, lose 20-30 seconds on their powerplay, and then have difficulty entering the zone with a predictable drop pass.

    • whatswellydoing - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      I don’t think anyone told Edler it’s not against the rules to pass it forward. He was the worst offender by far.

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    maybe the sisters can figure something out for next year while they are up all night staring at the ceiling from their bunkbeds this summer.

    • whatswellydoing - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      A sister and bunkbed joke… I haven’t heard those before.

  3. bleedingteal4life - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Having twins on the same team should be illegal…

  4. bleedingteal4life - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    When they are up all night they aren’t staring at the ceiling, they are playing tummy sticks with each other. Sedins For The Loss!

  5. polegojim - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I disagree… just not enough Daniel to help.

    That said, somethings still broken. WAY to much clutch failure. It’s a character issue.

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