Reliance on the Twin

Yes, the singular Twin.  Henrik.  I was on Foxsports a minute ago and read this piece on reliance of goal scorers on a single playmaker.  Guess who was #1 in the league.  Daniel.

Here’s how the top ten break down:

Top 30 Goal-Scorers Ranked by Reliance
Scorer Goals Top First Assist Man Assists Pct
Daniel Sedin, VAN 36 Henrik Sedin, VAN 20 55.6%
Slava Kozlov, ATL 28 Marian Hossa, ATL 15 53.6%
Jason Pominville, BUF 34 Daniel Briere, BUF 17 50.0%
Chris Kunitz, ANA 25 Teemu Selanne, ANA 12 48.0%
Milan Michalek, SJS 26 Joe Thornton, SJS 12 46.2%
Dainius Zubrus, WSH 24 Alex Ovechkin, WSH 11 45.8%
Marian Gaborik, MIN 30 Pavol Demitra, MIN 13 43.3%
Martin Straka, NYR 29 Michal Nylander, NYR 12 41.4%
Jonathan Cheechoo, SJS 37 Joe Thornton, SJS 15 40.5%
Michael Ryder, MTL 30 Saku Koivu, MTL 12 40.0%

But here’s what got me alarmed, it was the next comment about how to shut down the twins:

‘When facing the Canucks, does it make sense to focus on denying Henrik Sedin the puck, so he can’t set up his goal-scoring brother? That might prove more effective than putting a shadow on Daniel.

I don’t like the sound of that, and they both had better find a way to even out their scoring a bit this year, or the team is really going to be starved for goals.  Like that wasn’t already their biggest concern.

The Chief Canuck

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