When the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vancouver Canucks tonight, it will not only be a meeting between two of the best teams in the NHL over the past few seasons, but a milestone game for one Canucks forward as well. Henrik Sedin will take the ice for the 900th time in his career, almost two months before his twin brother and linemate will accomplish the same feat. Both have spent their entire careers with the Canucks, and have helped lead the team to four consecutive playoff appearances. Henrik has been the team’s captain since October of 2010.
Henrik has not missed a regular season game in more than seven years. He has passed Markus Naslund and Stan Smyl this season on the franchise’s all-time games played list. Only Trevor Linden, who logged 1,138 games with the team, sits ahead of him. Daniel sits fifth on the team’s all-time list, and if he appears in every game this season he will also pass the 900-game plateau. Henrik has scored 171 goals and recorded 751 points in his career, and by the end of the season will be the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. The twins already sit first and second in career assists, and Daniel is third all-time in goals.
The Canucks’ 2013 season storyline so far has been goaltending, as Roberto Luongo is still in town, and playing quite well. Cory Schneider has struggled early on, and the team’s 3-2-2 record puts them third in the Northwest Division. Tonight’s milestone for Henrik Sedin will put the spotlight on the Swedish forward, who has done a lot for the franchise since he was selected third overall in the 1999 draft.