Can Henrik break out of slump?

With one Sedin brother out, Canucks need the other to take more shots

Updated: March 29, 2012, 5:00 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
SedinAnne-Marie Sorvin/US PresswireHenrik Sedin (right) needs to step up in his brother Daniel's absence.

When Daniel Sedin broke a bone in his foot and was sidelined for 18 games during the 2009-10 season, there was concern then that his absence might decrease Henrik's production. Henrik, however, rose to the challenge. Daniel's twin brother and frequent linemate put up 18 points in those games on his way to winning the Art Ross (most points) and Hart (most valuable) trophies.

With Daniel again sidelined, this time after being hit with an elbow to the head by Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault sounds confident Henrik will again produce in his twin brother's absence. "As good as they are together, they're still two great players on their own," he said. "Hank right now just has to get it done without his brother."

Unfortunately, Henrik is struggling, having gone 18 games without scoring a goal. Can Vancouver fans reasonably expect Henrik to break out of his scoring slump without Daniel in the lineup?


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Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.