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by Paul on 01/29/14 at 09:53 AM ET
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Are Daniel Sedin’s days as an elite offensive player in the NHL over?
The numbers certainly suggest that, and if you look at his age (33), the state of the supporting cast around him and the increased minutes a new coaching regime is asking him to play, a reversal of form will be a tall order.
With the Canucks desperate for scoring this month, Sedin has been unable to deliver. He’s in a 13-game goal-scoring drought — his longest since the 2007-08 season — and has been able to contribute just five assists in that span.
Though they had an excellent December, the Canucks are 4-6-3 in the same 13 games that constitute Sedin’s goal drought.
Yes, Sedin leads the Canucks in scoring at 40 points — tied with currently injured brother Henrik — but it is a group that is ranked 22nd in NHL scoring. If Daniel is able to reverse the troubling trend, a good time to start would be on Wednesday night when the Blackhawks — who lead the NHL in offence — visit Rogers Arena.
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