The Vancouver Canucks were without leading goal scorer Daniel Sedin in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in the Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the decision following the morning skate.
Sedin, who has 30 goals and 37 assists, missed the final nine regular-season games with a concussion. He went through a full practice Monday but only skated after practice Tuesday. He did not attend Wednesday morning's skate. Sedin's father, Tommy Sedin, told a Swedish publication, Allahanda.se, that Daniel began experiencing headaches following Monday's practice.
"We've never talked about elements that we don't have in our lineup," Vigneault said before the game. "We've always played with the guys that are healthy and capable of helping this team. That line is going to have to find a way to do what they do."
The Canucks went 8-1-0 without Sedin in the lineup during the regular season and clinched their second consecutive President's Trophy, which goes to the team with the best record.