Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sedin Twins - Where 'Hart' Thou?

That's what the Vancouver Canucks and their fans are wondering.  The winners of the last two Art Ross Trophies and perhaps the winners of the last two Hart Trophies for the league's most valuable player are almost nowhere to be found.

You can speculate whether or not Daniel or Henrik or both are injured, if their game doesn't translate to the playoffs, or if they lack the heart this year, who knows.  Any one of those could be true, but it likely isn't their lack of desire.

Whatever it is, though, the twins have to get better, and fast.  In Game 5 against Nashville, the twins were on the ice for all four goals against, registering zero points on the offensive end, and an ugly -7 combined rating.  In fact, in the first three games, the Sedins combined for 9 points, but have combined for only 8 points in their last nine.  Not only that, but the twins have only one goal - an empty netter - in their last 6.  Considering six of the Canucks past seven games have been one goal games, surely a timely goal would make a massive difference.

Sedins Scoring / Stats

G A P +/-
Last 9 Games 3 5 8 -21
First 3 Games 3 6 9 7

Those numbers are pretty telling.  Henrik appears to be a step behind at the moment and was shaking his leg as if testing it's mobility before Game 4 in Nashville.  Despite that, Henrik did have a three point performance that night, buoying the Canucks to a 4-2 win. 

It's pretty difficult to question their heart, and you could attribute some of their struggles to the defensive pairings of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. 

While the Canucks have more firepower than the Nashville Predators, and haven't had an incredible amount of lucky goals from behind the goal line, the Sedin twins slump of late has prolonged a series that could have been over two games ago.

The Predators have hung around and played their hearts out, and are full marks for their resiliency, but let's not kid each other.  A timely goal in Game 2 would have made a world of difference, as would a timely defensive play or a timely goal in Game 5.

On the positive side, Henrik Sedin is handling the media very well, and perhaps absorbing the pressure that is allowing Ryan Kesler to flourish.  Kesler has been nothing short of amazing in this series against Nashville, and certainly the Sedin twins hope for a break to drive similar results.  Until they do, the rest of the team can only hope to have that much needed primary scoring.

Game 6 between Nasvhille and Vancouver goes Monday night in Nashville at 5pm PST.


  1. Twins will be fine. Something seems to be bothering Henrik.

    Besides, good D pairings against them. They'll be there when needed.

  2. Lol @ "Where 'Hart' Thou"

    Keep up the great work on your blog! Love it.