D. Sedin to return after 18 games out

Vancouver LW Daniel Sedin, the team's leading goal scorer the last three seasons, is expected to return Sunday against Chicago.

He has been out for 18 games due to a broken foot.

Daniel Sedin was hit in the foot by a shot from teammate Alex Edler in the Canucks' 7-1 win over Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 7. He finished the game and recorded three assists, but X-rays later revealed a fracture.

The Canucks were just 1-3 at the time of Daniel Sedin's injury, but are 11-7 since he left the lineup and Daniel's twin brother, and usual linemate, Henrik Sedin has developed chemistry with new linemates Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond in Daniel Sedin's absence.

"Hopefully, I'll get back on that line," Daniel Sedin said to the Vancouver Sun after a pain-free practice on Thursday. "They've been going pretty good."

The trio has combined for 11 points in Vancouver's last three games, but head coach Alain Vigneault won't hesitate to reunite the brothers on Vancouvers' top line.

"You can tell him he's going to play with his brother," Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin signed matching five-year, $30.5 million contract extensions over the summer.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.