Daniel Sedin will not play in game one versus the Kings

From a report by Swedish website Allehanda.se: Daniel Sedin will not be playing in Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. According to Daniel’s father, Tommy (who is as it happens, Henrik’s father), the younger Sedin is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

Update: Alain Vigneault confirms that Daniel Sedin will not play.

While Daniel skated with the team in practice on Monday, he was not with the main group on Tuesday, skating instead in a shorter session with other players who were expected to miss the opening night of the playoffs. Tommy Sedin indicated that Daniel experienced a headache after Monday’s practice and has still not completely recovered from the concussion he received after being elbowed in the head by Duncan Keith.

He also indicated that Daniel may be having problems with his neck.

On Monday after practice, Henrik Sedin told reporters that his brother was 100%, while coach Alain Vigneault insisted that Daniel had not experienced a setback after missing Tuesday’s practice. This new report casts doubt on those claims.

In Daniel’s absence, it seems likely that the lines that skated together during Tuesday’s practice will remain intact for game one, meaning Mason Raymond will skate with Henrik and Alex Burrows on the top line, while Maxim Lapierre will skate on the second line with Ryan Kesler and David Booth.

s/t Jon Haggqvist.

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28 comments

  1. Jezz
    April 11, 2012

    Crikey, I read that headline as ‘not play in one game against the Kings.’ Way to give a guy a heart attack.

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    • Abby
      April 11, 2012

      Yikes, I’ll imagine.

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    • Nee
      April 11, 2012

      I don’t trust this story (not you PITB, but the Swedish source). If Daniel was still experiencing concussion symptoms whihc surfaced after practice Monday, they wouldn’t have let him skate the next day. That’s basic concussion protocol. And the Canucks org is very careful with concussions, as would any team be. This is one of our star players.

      Something fishy going on here.

      Howveer, I don’t expect him to play tonight anyways. Maybe Game 2 or Game 3 or…

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      • Harrison Mooney
        April 11, 2012

        I assure you the Swedish source is reliable.

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        • Warpstone
          April 11, 2012

          Are you sure? Børk børk børk! :D

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          • J21
            April 11, 2012

            Hey now, “Ø” is Danish and Norwegian. In Swedish it’s “Ô”!

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            • Peps
              April 11, 2012

              No, it´s Ö !

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        • Nee
          April 11, 2012

          Interesting. Obviously it has been confirmed by the team now.

          But why would he skate after experiencing symptoms the day before?

          Isn’t that a big concussion no-no?

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  2. Abby
    April 11, 2012

    Well, I hope he’ll be back soon, but ultimately his health needs to come first. And I’m confident in the team being able to handle things while Daniel recovers.

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    • MelT
      April 11, 2012

      Agree 100%, especially since I’ve read Kings fansites urging the team to target Daniel’s head. His long term health is the main thing.

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      • Andre
        April 11, 2012

        Gawd I hate sh*t like that.

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      • D
        April 11, 2012

        That is reprehensible. Those people do not speak for the majority.

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  3. Shand
    April 11, 2012

    I wonder if they were trying to keep this under wraps.

    Get well soon, Danny

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  4. prophet
    April 11, 2012

    That’s too bad. I wish the best to his recovery!
    I want his health on his return, 100%. Let’s not rush him.

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  5. canucks in europe
    April 11, 2012

    Tony Gallagher must be flipping out right now…had to get this news from a Swedish website via Daniel’s dad and not from Coach AV.

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  6. J21
    April 11, 2012

    It’s totally ridiculous that Sedin is missing playoff time entirely due to an intentional act of malice. How can Keith be punished along the same lines as a guy who accidentally hangs his knee for a second too long? What disincentive is there against injuring opponents?

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    • Superreggie
      April 11, 2012

      If the punishment were somehow tied to the time of injury, players might then consider the long term effects of causing intentional brain injuries. And let’s call them what they are. A ” concussion” is misleading. It’s technically a brain injury.

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  7. peanutflower
    April 11, 2012

    Well, that’s bad news indeed. Does that mean another 7 days off? But in every cloud there is a silver lining, right? The team has played well without him. Maybe this is not such a terrible thing. The Canucks are more unpredictable without Henrik and Daniel doing their thing, and Henrik just makes everyone better who he plays with. (Such awkward grammar) I was always in the No! Dont Split Them Up camp, but now I’ve changed my mind a bit. It would be pretty hard for teams to shut down two lines each with a Sedin than one line. If the Canucks can squeak out a couple of wins before Daniel gets back that should give them some added confidence, no?

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  8. Peps
    April 11, 2012

    Send Henrik to do the medical tests and Daniel will be cleared to play in a jiffy!
    Or we will learn that Henrik is concussed too …..

    And GoCanucks !

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  9. Romankol
    April 11, 2012

    You can’t believe anyone at this time of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if Daniel is playing tonight.

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  10. shoes
    April 11, 2012

    Meantime Mrs. Karma is hunting Dunkin Keith and the rest of the Hawks. That was the most deliberate head shot since Bertuzzi targeted Moore. The only difference shorter planning time and less punishment. Duncan Keith is a bit of a celebrity in the water ski circuit in Penticton in the summer. May have to guard his boat a bit this year.

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  11. shoes
    April 11, 2012

    Meantime Mrs. Karma is hunting Dunkin Keith and the rest of the Hawks. That was the most deliberate head shot since Bertuzzi targeted Moore. The only difference shorter planning time and less punishment. Duncan Keith is a bit of a celebrity in the water ski circuit in Penticton in the summer. May have to guard his boat a bit this year.

    Hope Danny is back soon and 100% healthy. recurring headaches….carp!!!!

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  12. Slappy Cat
    April 11, 2012

    Canucks will have to be gettin’ playoff greasy in Danny’s absence, which ain’t such a bad thing.

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  13. Steven Ray Orr
    April 11, 2012

    AV has taught me well. I choose not to believe anything that is said or shown about the Canucks until the puck is dropped tonight.

    And even then…

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  14. Romankol
    April 11, 2012

    Daniel didn’t practice with the team this morning. This could be a bad sign.

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  15. Old Person
    April 11, 2012

    Very common for concussions to be two steps forward/one step back rehabilitation. Each new activity level causes a response that cannot be predicted and must therefore be analyzed by a trial and error process. And the most effective recovery technique to allow the brain to process new activities is “rest”.

    The brain has been damaged, it goes into a defensive mode that allows only so much stimulation then shut down … confusion, slower reaction times, headaches, dizziness, messages to rest.

    Even one good game, if the other team does not target Daniel, may result in many weeks of reprocessing and rest … i.e. Crosby. Playoff hockey is the highest risk environment for a concussion recovery athlete.

    And in the Darwinian cage match of NHL playoff hockey, Daniel will be a target as will Kesler. Canucks need big 3 and 4 line performance and Conn Smythe quality goaltending from Cory-Lou.

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  16. Anonymous
    April 11, 2012

    After it was confirmed by AV that Danny’s not playing I just feel really weird about tonight’s game idk. Especially with the news that of all people Mason Raymond’s on the top line. Please MayRay, prove me and all the doubters wrong!

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  17. Brent
    April 11, 2012

    Daniel,

    Where you the one that scooped this? This was the first place I read it this morning? If so, good on ya! Do you read Swedish or do you just have a Swedish mole? If so, you should go to a dermatologist.

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