When I see highlight reel goals night in and night out from the Sedins it’s hard to find a place to start when trying to talk about them, but if you start by looking at the most recent highlight reel treat did anything stand out to you? To me it was the fact that the absolutely beautiful between-the-legs-no-look-feed was by Daniel and not Henrik. This season the twins have done something special that’s changed them from just a double threat, to a quadruple threat and it is all a result of that injury Daniel sustained at the beginning of the season.
Before the injury, the Sedins were solvable. It was Henrik pass, Daniel shoot. They still put up very respectable numbers, they were point per game players, you threw Alex Burrows with them and they had a trigger man. However the fact remained that they were not as versatile as they could have been. For arguments sake they seemed like two halves that made a whole. Two singles that made a double threat. It was good, it was effective and they lead the Canucks and have gotten better in each of the 10 years they’ve been with the organization thus far.
Since Daniel went down to injury he was forced to find the other side of his game and now with a career high in goals and on pace for his first 30 goal season ever, the leading Hart Trophy candidate at the moment has seemingly become a whole threat instead of being one half to his brother’s other half. Likewise, Daniel has come back and has started racking up assists like he’s a second Henrik Sedin. Both players have found this other dimension to their game and now we see a set of Sedin Twins that are simply potent. There’s no longer the predictable answer to “Who passes? Who shoots?”. Daniel can dish it as well as Henrik can, and Henrik’s taken charge and at times seems like he can score at will.
All of a sudden we’re seeing Sedin twins who are not just a double threat, as a duo, but they’re double threats individually. Whether it’s Henrik setting up his brother, the two of them setting up Burrows, or Daniel feeding Lukowich, the twins have finally stepped out of that shadow and criticism that they were predictable because they’re a living highlight reel night in and night out and no body predicted what they’d be doing this season. Both Sedins are averaging an assist per game this season, Henrik has 52 assists in 52 games played and Daniel has 34 assists in 34 games played. The Twins are no longer just a one-two punch. They’ve turned themselves into the one-two combination right before hitting you with the left hook.
This is what Brian Burke must have envisioned when he went into the ’99 draft claiming no one was going to leave that draft with both Sedins if it wasn’t him. The Sedins have finally found a way to silence the critics. Before this season their only “flaw” was that they were predictable and now with both of them wheeling, dealing, and pulling the trigger, shutting down the Sedins went from hard to nearly impossible.