Sedin, the team’s captain, left the game after just nine shifts, but it sounds like the injury didn’t occur on Thursday.
“I’ve been aware of it for a little bit,” coach Willie Desjardins told NHL.com. “Hopefully he’ll have a good night and we’ll see where he is [Friday].”
The team did not offer an update on Sedin’s status following Thursday’s match, but Desjardins did say that they plan on recalling someone from the Utica Comets of the AHL, which suggests they don’t expect their captain back immediately.
"He's been our leader for 15 years now. We have to pick up the slack and play better." Burrows on H.Sedin's absence.https://t.co/LNa1bbusDd
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 18, 2015
The injury could be bad news for rookie Jared McCann if he had his sights set on being loaned to Hockey Canada for the 2016 World Junior Championships. He’s not going, according to a tweet from Dreger.
It’s not clear if that’s coming directly from the Canucks or not, but it might as well be. The struggling Canucks can’t afford to give up a center if Sedin will miss even a single game while McCann would be in Finland for the tournament. They’ve lost three straight and are 2-6-2 over their last 10 games.
McCann took the center position on the team’s top unit power play in Sedin’s absence and may be in line for some increased responsibility in Sedin’s absence.
Through 33 games this season Sedin has nine goals and 31 points.
The Canucks have recalled Linden Vey from Utica.
Banged up #Canucks have recalled Linden Vey from Utica.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 18, 2015
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