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Over at 679: Henrik Sedin's ironman streak will end in Edmonton
Henrik Sedin's ironman streak will come to an end on Tuesday night, as the Canucks star winger and 2010 Hart Trophy winner has been listed as 'day-to-day' and will not play in Edmonton.
Vancouver plays the Oilers tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. in Alberta.
"As far as his status goes, we'll monitor him day-to-day and hopefully he'll make improvements," said Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who was filling in at the mic for John Tortorella.
Henrik's consecutive games streak will end at 679, the sixth-longest in NHL history and just behind St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, whose streak stands at 683 games played.
Sedin has reportedly been suffering from bruised ribs, and was visibly hurt on two plays in his last two games, one against Phoenix and the other against Calgary. He left Vancouver's game against the Flames on Saturday, and did not return for the third period.
Sedin has suited up for every game dating back to March, 2004.
"I think it's a testament to how tough he is. He plays, him and Daniel both, they play in the hard areas of the rink, on a consistent basis. Because they have the puck so much, players lean on them. The fact that he's been able to play that many games consecutively is just a testament to his determination and his conviction and quite frankly how tough he is."
Canucks coach John Tortorella's status for Tuesday's game – and for the next little while – is also up in the air, following events last weekend, when he was involved in an altercation outside Calgary's dressing room with Flames players and coaches.
Tortorella was in New York City with Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Monday for an in-person hearing with the National Hockey League.
He could be slapped with a substantial fine or a suspension.
"Our staff, we do a lot of things together," said Sullivan, who will presumably step in as the Canucks head coach if Tortorella is suspended. "He's obviously our leader. Whatever the league decides, we will be respectful of and we will make adjustments accordingly.
"We've all had coaching experience (here). It's not something that's a major issue, other than the fact that Torts's presences is important to our team.
"His passion, his energy, I think is what has allowed him to have the success he's had in this league."