Daniel Sedin is getting set to do something he doesn’t usually do: play hockey without his twin brother Henrik.
With Henrik Sedin pulling out of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Daniel will have to play next three games four games minimum without him, a situation that is unusual for both of them.
This will obviously hurt Team Sweden. Don’t get me wrong, Daniel is great on his own, but when you pair the twins together, they both become even better. Now the question is, who will play the role of center on Daniel’s line?
The answer appears to be the Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom. That wouldn’t be a bad alternative. After all, playing alongside Alex Ovechkin would be good practice for playing with Daniel. Or maybe it would be the other way around. Either way, Backstrom is a suitable replacement for Henrik.
Backstrom said this about taking the spot Henrik usually fills.
“Definitely big skates to fill,” Backstrom said. “We all know what [Henrik Sedin] is capable of doing.”
Daniel had this to say about the absence of his brother.
“It’s tough, for him too… Not to be part of this, it was tough for him to make that call, but it was necessary. It’ll be good for him to get some rest.”
Obviously, the last part of that quote pertains more to the Vancouver Canucks rather than Team Sweden. The Canucks will need Henrik at full health if they are to have any hope of making the playoffs this season.
For now however, Daniel will be playing without him.