US PresswireThe reigning Western Conference winners, the Vancouver Canucks, took on the Southwest Division's last-place team, the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday night without the services of left wing Daniel Sedin, who leads the team with 34 points on 22 goals and 12 assists.
Sedin was scratched after waking up with a stiff back, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Sedin leads the team with 34 points and has 22 goals, three behind twin brother Henrik for the club lead.
Even with Sedin, the Canucks have been using only 11 forwards and putting one defenseman on the fourth line, the Sun notes. There was brief fear that the team would need to put a second defenseman on the offense to replace Sedin Thursday when his replacement, Mark Mancari, was having trouble getting to the game.
"We hope Daniel will be OK for Saturday, but we'll just have to see," Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning said, according to the Sun.