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Canucks could be without Henrik Sedin ‘for a bit’

The Canucks and Islanders needed five extra minutes to determine a winner.

The Vancouver Canucks could be without their top center “for a bit.”

Henrik Sedin was forced to leave yesterday’s game in Brooklyn after being hit into the boards by Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski.

“We’ll find out more today, but it looks like he might be out for a bit,” GM Jim Benning told TSN 1040 radio (audio) today.

Grabovski was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Sedin, but no further discipline is expected.

Vancouver has three games left on its six-game road trip. The Canucks return home to host Nashville on Jan. 26, then don’t play again until Feb. 4 due to the All-Star break.


As for Brandon Sutter, the other injured Vancouver center, Benning wouldn’t say whether he’d be back in the lineup on this road trip.

“He’s going to practice this week and we’re just going to see where it’s at,” said Benning. “We don’t want him to come back unless it’s a hundred percent.”

Don’t be surprised to see 19-year-old Jared McCann centering Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen Tuesday against the Rangers.