LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks accepts the Ted Lindsay Award during the 2011 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Daniel Sedin Injury: Canucks Star Joins Team After Being Cleared To Practice

Canucks winger Daniel Sedin was hit by a vicious elbow by Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. Keith was suspended five games, and Sedin has a concussion that's kept him out since March 21.

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Daniel Sedin Injury: Canucks Star Out For Game 1 Vs. Kings

Daniel Sedin will not be in the lineup for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Alain Vigneault announced Wednesday via the team.

Sedin did not take part in the morning skate prior to the game at Rogers Arena, confirming his status as sidelined for the game. The Canucks leading scorer has not played since taking an elbow to the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in a game on March 21. Keith was suspended five games by the league for that hit, but Sedin will miss his tenth game in a row on Wednesday.

WIll it hurt the Canucks? They obviously lack the extra firepower, and without Daniel, his brother Henrik Sedin suffers a bit too. But in terms of direct results, the Canucks won eight of the nine games they played without Daniel, so maybe it won't matter all that much after all.

Stick with for full series coverage of Kings vs. Canucks. For more on Sedin's injury and the playoff run from the Vancouver perspective, check in with Nucks Misconduct.


Daniel Sedin Injury: Vancouver Canucks Leading Scorer Suffered Concussion, Team Confirms

Daniel Sedin has a concussion. We suspected that, but now we know it, as Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the news on Monday afternoon.

"As everyone knows, he has a concussion and we're following the protocol," Vigneault said. "I'm not going to address this every day. He's got a concussion and when we have something more to say we'll say it, but we're going to follow the protocol and when we have more we'll share it with you."

Sedin was hit by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith last Wednesday, following which the team announced he'd be out for at least two weeks. Now that the suspicion has been confirmed regarding his status, there's no telling how long Sedin could be out of the Vancouver lineup.

Keith, meanwhile, was suspended five games by the NHL for the hit that sidelined Sedin.

For more on the Canucks, check in with Nucks Misconduct. For more on the Blackhawks, check in with Second City Hockey.

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