Northwest: Sedin provides big assist in Canucks push for first

By Blake Benzel


Photo: Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin has his team in contention for the President's Trophy thanks to a seven point week (courtesy of

Bob Frid/Icon SMI)

With just the Canucks heading to the playoffs from the Northwest Division, the other teams haven’t been playing for anything more than pride. That doesn’t mean that the other teams have been slacking off, though, with two of our three stars of the week for Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 coming from non-playoff teams.

First Star: Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks –
In the absence of his brother, Henrik has stepped up his assist game, tallying seven helpers in the last week to help lead the Canucks to a 3-1-0 record. In addition to the seven assists, Sedin also sported a +6 rating and had seven shots on goal in the process. Sedin was also a big part of Alexandre Burrows’ four-goal week, assisting on two of his four goals, and Max Lapierre’s three-goal week, assisting on two of his three goals.

Second Star: Devin Setoguchi, RW, Minnesota Wild – Statistically, Setoguchi really only had one solid game of the four he played during the week, tallying a goal and two assists in Minnesota’s 5-4 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Apr. 1, but that game wasn’t all Setoguchi brought to the table. He went two-for-three in the shootout, with both shootout goals he tallied standing up as the winners. He also fired off 15 shots, all while racking up a plus-two rating while the Wild went 3-0-1.

Third Stars: Dany Heatley, LW, Minnesota Wild – If Setoguchi got it done in the shootout, Heatley was getting it done during the games. Heatley tallied two goals and two assists over the last week for the Wild, including a three-game point streak heading into the team’s final game of the season. In addition, he fired 13 shots on goal and was a plus-one.

Northwest Division Notes

Akim Aliu made his NHL debut for the Flames on Thursday, playing 10:34 and tallying an assist and racking up two penalty minutes. Aliu became the fourteenth player in Flames history to wear the number 29. Other notable players to wear the number were Mike Vernon, Jamie McLennan and Brandon Prust. … The Avalanche were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday after a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, thanks to a hat trick from Jackets’ forward Cam Atkinson. … Defenseman Tyler Cuma made his NHL debut for the Wild on Thursday, playing 11:09 and picking up two penalty minutes against the Chicago Blackhawks. Cuma became the first player in Wild history to wear the number 65.