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article imageOp-Ed: The Sedin Brothers are for Real

By Joel Minty     Jan 8, 2010 in Sports
As Henrik Sedin forces his way to the top of the NHL scoring race, it is finally time to give the Sedin brothers the respect they deserve.
Wracking up 5 assists between them, the Sedin brothers helped the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 on Thursday night, earning the team both a shutout and its third win in a row. Alexandre Burrows netted a hattrick with all three goals assisted directly by Henrik and two with Daniel as the second assist.
This year, the Swedes are off to their best start yet. In 44 games Henrik has 20 goals, 41 assists, and 61 points, putting him three points ahead of Joe Thornton for the NHL lead. Daniel, despite being limited to just 26 games, has 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points. They are on pace for 111 points and 84 points respectively, with a similar (and amazing) points-per-game rate of 1.35-1.32. Eclipsing the 100 point mark would certainly garner some attention, and it just might make fans realize how dynamic these two really are.
It is no secret that the Sedin brothers (twins, born Sept. 26th, 1980 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden) have been the Canucks' best forwards since the lock-out in 2004-2005, but their achievements this year - particularly Henrik - are making a strong case for them being two of the best players in the entire league. An elite place normally reserved for names like Ovechkin, Crosby, Datsyk and Malkin.
The proof is in the numbers. Lots of players go hot and cold, have one great season and follow the next year with a sub-par performance, but I'm sure most coaches will tell you they prefer someone who is consistent - bringing their A game every night. When you can rely on players to score, it gives a coach time to tinker with the rest of the team. The Sedin brothers have given their coaches plenty of tinker-time.
To start, Henrik Sedin has not missed a game since before the lock-out. That's a 4-year iron man streak he continues today, playing in all 43 of Vancouver's games this season. Daniel shows a similar fortitude, having missed only one game post-lock-out until a broken leg kept him out of 18 games this fall. They have put up numbers to almost match their games played: Henrik's yearly point totals being 75-81-76-82, Daniel's 71-84-74-82. Those are four solid, dependable years from a team's top two forwards, with little need for line-juggling, ego-checking or, well, trading.
It is a shame Daniel's broken leg would stop him from sharing that particular limelight with his brother, because this just might be the year that the duo takes their place in the top tier of NHL superstardom. If history serves, they might just keep consistent too.
It's time to make room at the top - enough for two.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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