NHL Hockey: Vancouver at Phoenix

The Sedin brothers were separated during the NHL All-Star game last weekend for the first time in a competitive game – EVER – but they will both be back in the line-up as the Vancouver Canucks (31-10-9) visit the Phoenix Coyotes (25-17-9).

After winning eight straight games in December and January, and 12 of 13 overall, the Canucks tailed off at the end of the month, losing four straight games before winning two just before the break. Vancouver features one of the highest scoring offenses in the league and one of the best defense teams as well behind Olympian Roberto Luongo.

Daniel (27 goals, 64 points) and Henrik (11 goals, 50 assists) are the driving force on offense but the Canucks also feature 27-goal scorer Ryan Kesler and two rugged plus defensemen in Alexander Edler and Christian Ehrhoff. Alex Burrows is also talented, two-way defenseman.

Phoenix has played in front of some sparse crowds this season and the last time the Canucks visited the arena was invaded with Vancouver fans. The same could happen again this contest. The Coyotes rank 10th in the league in goals scored and possess All-Star center Keith Yanlde (8 goals, 44 points), and ex-Flyer Scottie Upshall (15 goals). Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has kept his team in most games with a .916 save percentage and three shutouts.

Vancouver should have the edge in this game and could feel right at home in the desert if their fans stage another invasion.

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