Daniel Sedin held out of practice on eve of Canucks' playoff opener
A day after returning to skate with the Vancouver Canucks after missing nine games with a concussion, Daniel Sedin was held out of Tuesday morning's (April 10) practice at Rogers Arena. The team's leading goal-scorer skated after practice, but was not made available to the media.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault says the hockey club is following the NHL concussion protocol and insists that today was not a setback. There is no indication whether Sedin will be ready for Wednedsay night's (April 11) playoff opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
In Daniel's absence, Mason Raymond skated on the team's top line with Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows. The Canucks went 8-1 since Daniel was injured and locked up a second straight President's Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team. But there is no question that they will miss his goal-scoring ability—particulary in a series that is expected to be low-scoring—if he is unavailable for Game 1.