NHL Breathes Sigh of Relief; Can NOW Tell Sedins Apart

Wow, I don’t think anyone ever saw this coming – Daniel, let alone ANY, Sedin getting facially disfigured. We all felt it, it was awkward, painful and terrifyingly real. Daniel Sedin had a puck batted into his face by Michael Stone and he lost a few chicklets…and it was gruesome! But lost in all this is the giant sigh of relief the rest of the NHL felt when they were FINALLY able to distinguish Daniel Sedin from Henrik Sedin.

Not unlike many famous twins (Mary Kate and Ashley, Tia and Tamara from Sister/Sister, Jaleel White and Urkel, Khloe and Kim Kardashian and of course Lindsay Lohan and her twin in The Parent Trap), its no secret that over the years, many players, coaches and media alike have found it impossible to identify which Sedin is which. Tough task I know. It took me at least 5-6 seasons to really get a grasp on it but eventually I came up with a system and now I’m a Sedin Identifier extraordinaire!

First of all here’s the vid:


Its bad right?

Twitter exploded and did things only the Twitter can do when such an event takes place; obvious, somewhat unviewable things:

Ugh, that was real!

So how does one separate one Sedin from the other? Well now we have some pretty solid evidence and that makes it easy; but before the first period of Monday night’s game against the Coyotes, what where the key features? Well, you don’t come to this blog for stats, OK sometimes you do and I half deliver. You came here for a smidgen of humour and life lessons to carry out and share with your friends. I have none, so I’m relying on you to enjoy this with your circle.

These are the important ones to remember:

  • The Numbers – Henrik Sedin wears #33 on the ice and Daniel wears #22. Kinda easy I know but you can’t always see the namebars on the back. They’re so fast sometimes that the blur just doesn’t translate properly and you don’t want to spend 30 min on your PVR slowing it down just to make it out. But what if they’re NOT playing hockey, at a PR function requiring them to wear jerseys or you’re relying on NHL.com to give you the proper stock photo when you type their name?
  • Standing/Scoring situations – Google this, I’m right. Daniel…stands on the left in almost every photo whilest Henrik is on the right. Agreement since birth? Not too sure, I’ve never asked; but it does make you wonder….what are they hiding?

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  • Serious one though – jaw lines. Daniel has a much narrower jaw line and Henrik a little bit rounder. It affects their facial structure and that is one of my biggest tells on them. Tough one to figure out but its a good one considering they have identical facial hair and everything else.
  • Trophies – Henrik was the first one to win a major NHL trophy; Daniel had to wait a year to equal at the very least Henriks Art Ross award. Henrik, although very subtly, walks with a bit more swagger because of this. He’s not cocky about it but people close to them can tell. I just heard about it.

Ok, so you think you have these Sedins figured out? Here’s a fun little quiz to see if you really know them. Let me know how you do.

 This tweet from Daniel Monday night says it all.

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Canucks Rapping To Success

Losing to the Flames is the worst! The degradation equivalent of losing to them is watching your dog take a dump and then doing the walk of shame back home with a blue bag in your hand. Everyone knows whats up, they know the feeling and nothing is worse, that is our lowest common denominator. The Canucks need the Flames to pick up after THEIR crap, THEY should feel that shame.

Short stories aside, Vancouver’s orca warriors need to channel their inner hip hoppniss and thug out against these Flames. Calgary is all about the age old blue collar, hard working lunch bucket crew. You know what? Thats garbage. They have some young studs that can skate, should we really care? NO. We have the Jay Z / Kanye equivalent in Henrik and Daniel Sedin. These two collab on the tracks that move numbers, Art Ross numbers.

Monahan and Gaudreau don’t have the greatest hits the Twins do, they haven’t had 99 problems, they haven’t  achieved S**ins in Paris status, they’re just a couple of kids earning their stripes. Hank and Danny know what its like to rub shoulders in the hip hop circle with G’s like Drizzy Drake and he recognizes their thug level: dangerously high. These magicians didn’t exactly start from the bottom…but they’re here. Time to channel that 604.

First name: Trevor, Last name: Linden, like a Stanley Cup parade, it ain’t nothin he’s been in. He wants it all this year, so his crew has to harness that drive. Doresett, Sbisa and Tanev get to do it with a deal, while Matthias and Weber will do it without one this post season. This team started out local, and thanks to all the haters they know Air Canada pilots on a first name basis.

The Regulators that have done it for years: Bieksa, Burrows and Hansen need to bring their 2011 to the table and lead by example as a group. No one man should have all that power, its all about rolling four and getting those points from the Bo’s and the Burr’s, the Higgy’s and the Richy’s. The clock’s tickin without more goals they’ll just count the hours.

Willie has a really good group of guys, a real clique, clique, clique and all those Babychs they want the, they want the………


CLICK CLACK Nucks! Time to suit up, time to play like what those cheques say, time to play like what your neck say. You earned the bills, time to pay up with the thrills. You’re down one game so far but you’re about fourfiveseconds from wildin and there’s no more days til Friday, ITS GAME DAY! 


I’m not sure if this Canucks team is too strung out on compliments, getting to the playoffs maybe they overdosed on confidence, maybe they don’t care and stopped fearing the consequences. Well Vancouver, you fell off, you needed that, you needed to know. You can beat this Flames team no problem, they aren’t YOU. They don’t have what you do, you better do what you’re supposed to do, that Sedin-Sedin to Vrbata is overdue but thats just something you know already, you know…..you know.

Its STANLEY OVER EVERYTHING, STANLEY ON YOUR MIND! As Canuck fans we hear this, it happens all the time.

A season ago, this team looked a lot different. Now, there’s way too many people here right now that we didn’t have last year, who are these guys? I swear it feels like the last few nights we’ve had every excuse that’s bad, but this series, you beat these shames til its over, til its over, til its far from over.

Eddie, you got the net now. You didn’t get it by slacking off, you got there on hard work. When Miller came you basically needed to be Cinderella Man. This game can ill afford to lose you, so here’s a clue, you came to the game with a Johnny on your blocker lost your balance too! The series is all up in your psyche too, be that Cinderella Man Eddie, overcome, shut that door; get your team to stand behind you like WOO! Get in that zone, forget the past Eddie Lack, you’re the man right now.

So Canucks, this may not mean nothing at all, understand nothing was won for me…Wednesday. We want this cup forever. Those alumni want it too so Dave Babych don’t kill my vibe! Remember, we didn’t start the fire; it was always burning since the world’s been turning.

Canucks in 6, first win in Game 2 wouldn’t hurt.

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The NFL Draft, Montreal Canadiens and Lint Rollers

It really is a shame I wasn’t able to see the NFL draft live this year. My cohorts and I had baseball and we won, so that evening I did resort to checking out the twitter machine to find out who got better and who made a regrettable pick. The Houston Texans added freak show athlete Jadeveon Clowney to the already lethal J.J. Watt and believe you me, them Texans will be a force to be reckoned with.

THE #1 pick in 2014 Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

THE #1 pick in 2014
Photo courtesy of usatoday.com

In a surprise move, the Buffalo Bills moved up and took top wide out Sammy Watkins, which pretty much killed any hype I had for him in fantasy football. Ask yourself this: why would you get hyped on the Bills? Thankfully the next best receiver, Mike Evans, went to Tampa and should do just fine in their offense….and mine.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to watch the mind numbing footage of Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football pick after pick waiting to hear his name get called. He was finally called at pick 22 by the Cleveland “you better BELIEVELAND” Browns. A great pick by the Browns and they will be the latest team to add a read option QB to their arsenal. Johnny is an electric player to watch and when you are a true freshman and you lock down the Heisman, you are good.

There was another QB that had to wait awhile to hear his name called, you might have heard of him: Aaron Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers waited for someone to come to his neighbourhood for many a pick until the Green Bay Packers came calling. Last time I checked, that worked out ok for them. Don’t worry Mr. Football, things are going to be ok.

On to hockey; how about those Montreal Canadiens? WOW! Just when you thought the Bruins were going to finish things up, the bleu, blanc and red show up huge in game 6 and post a shutout. The trip to Boston will be an antsy one but game 7’s are the best and heroes are made all the time. Will PK Subban raise his game to the next level and put himself in a new realm? If I was a betting man, I’d say there is a good chance.

The Habs are the only Canadian team even in the playoffs this year so obviously, we are all keeping a closer eye on the action in Quebec. It sure would be nice to see the Cup come home but when it’s all said and done, the new Habs generation is sure cocky. Ya, we get it, they’re good. Move on.

Now I know this is old news and by old news I mean about a week and a half ago but lets revisit a very odd/cool moment in the NBA playoffs. After a Raptors win against the Nets, Canada’s own Drake brought out a lint roller and proceeded to “get…that…dirt off yo shoulder”. Never seen something like that before but Bounce was more than happy to hand them out the next game. Good fit too; clean fans and COMPLETELY RANDOM product placement.

Yup, lint rollers folks Photo courtesy of ca.eoline.com

Yup, lint rollers folks
Photo courtesy of ca.eoline.com

I’m beginning to believe Drake IS marketing.

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