This is going to be short and sweet. I have been pondering about this Sedin dilemma and what would be the best way to rectify it. I have put on my coach’s hat and have come up with a way for the Canucks to kick start the Sedins in the play-offs. Because realistically, the Canucks can’t win without their contribution.
Coach Vigneault has done this in the past and it’s time to take a page from his coaching expertise. My move – split the Sedins up! Stay with me here and I’ll lay out the lines for you.
Vigneault’s philosophy about lines is that he always kept at least two players (duos) that were familiar with each other on the same line. After watching Ryan Kesler’s line play, you don’t go messing with what has become the Canucks number one line. So we move on to line number two.
Henrik Sedin centres Alex Burrows on one side and Jannik Hansen on the other side. Without Daniel to pass to, this forces Henrik to shoot when he has opportunities, instead of looking for Daniel.
If you recall two seasons ago, when Daniel was out with the injury that kept him out for 19-20 games, Henrik ended up that season with 29 goals, the Art Ross and Hart Trophy year. Since Burrows and Hansen are grit type players, they can create the space that Henrik needs to operate, and Henrik will be forced to use those two for play-making.
Burrows has proven that he can score and who knows how Hansen will do, but at least he can supply a fore-check and back-check on that line. This line will not, I repeat NOT, be trapped in their own zone because of an inability to get the puck out or be hard on the puck carrier.
Line three would have Maxim Lapierre at centre between Raffi Torres and Daniel Sedin. In that line you have a mixture of grit, sandpaper and scoring possibilities in Daniel.
Definitely Lapierre and Torres can create space for Daniel with their checking, and they can also be defensively responsible. This also forces Daniel to be more of a shooter, and he will have to play in the interior because of the way Lapierre and Torres play, instead of the perimeter player he and Henrik have been.
Without contributions from the Sedins in this play-off, as I wrote in the previous article, and also at the beginning of this one, I do not believe the Canucks can advance beyond round three.
That’s if they get past round two against Pekka Rinne and the Predators.
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