Slumping Sedins say they have to be better
In six November games, the twins have produced just five points, and the Canucks have won only twice
Daniel Sedin says he hasn’t been good enough lately.
Henrik stopped short of going there, but did point out he should be a 20-goal scorer. He has three in 21 games.
After a monster first month of the season, during which the Sedins put up huge points (33 in 15 games) and played massive minutes, the twins have tailed off. Six games into November, they’ve combined for five points and the Canucks have two wins.
That’s the downside to all that ice time. If the Sedins aren’t going, neither are the Canucks.
“I know I can score goals,” Henrik said. “I’ve shown in the past I should be at least a 20-goal scorer. I know I have to score.”
The twins are adamant they’re not wearing down because of this uncharted playing time, something they will be accused of during every slump this year.
“I don’t think that’s it,” Daniel said. “My body feels great. You go through these ups and downs in the ebb and flow of a season.”
Interestingly, head coach John Tortorella’s latest line shuffle will give the Canucks their most balanced lineup of the season.
Maybe that’s because Jannik Hansen’s return means this is a near-healthy lineup. Only Dale Weise and Jordan Schroeder are out now.
On Saturday, the coach had Alex Burrows back with the twins, while Ryan Kesler was centring a line with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen, set to play his first game since Oct. 22.
That bumps Mike Santorelli to the third line, where he will face the tall task of extracting more offence out of wingers David Booth and Zack Kassian, and drops Brad Richardson to fourth-line centre, which is a significant upgrade.
Burrows and the Sedins will try to get each other going. Nine games into his season, Burrows remains without a goal. But he did have four brilliant chances in the past two games.
“It’s just the law of averages, that will even out,” Burrows said. “I just have to keep shooting.
“That’s what you want, you want chances and shots and soon they’re going to go in. I’ve always been around a shooting percentage of 10-15 per cent. So, if keep shooting, they’ll go in.”
On that Canucks power play, Henrik said:
“This year, the coaches are really good at letting us play.”
If you’re guessing that means they haven’t spent a lot of time practising the man advantage unit, you’d be right.
Tortorella said he’s not too into practising.
“I think we practise too much,” Tortorella said. “We always have this nice looking drills and all that stuff.
“I’m a bit old school. I think we over-coach.
“When it comes down to it, it’s your willingness to play in the areas. It’s your willingness to know the details of the game. We do a lot of work with video. We do more work with video than practise.”
Does he happen to be watching Dan Hamhuis on the power play during all that video work?
It hasn’t looked good.
How loose are the Dallas Stars?
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin were tickling each other in the locker-room Saturday.
It’s been good times for these two.
Seguin is playing centre, something that was going to happen in Boston, and the pair are piling up points.
They’ve combined for 19 goals and 44 points in 19 games.
“Everything is so different,” Seguin said. “It’s been a good fit.
“There’s been a freshness to it, a new opportunity for sure. I’m taking advantage of it.”
Seguin was traded in July to Dallas for Loui Eriksson. On his way out, rumours began circulating about his reckless partying in Boston.
“I never got down,” Seguin said. “That place was my home for three years. I was saddened.
“But I’ve moved on 100 per cent and definitely love where I am.”
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