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The First Line: March 4, 2018

Left Wing: Daniel Sedin- Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks have not had a season to remember by any stretch of the word. They are the second worst team in the Western Conference and the fourth worst in the league.

Possibly the sole saving grace for the Canucks this year has been Daniel Sedin, who has 21 goals and 25 assists on the year showing that he can still produce and the age of 37.

This past week as been no different for Daniel Sedin who picked up seven points with five goals and two assists.

Although this is the last year of his (and his twin brother Henrik’s) contract, they have made it very clear that they would like to continue to play, but only in Vancouver.

It is possible that the Canucks fulfill this request. It would give the Sedin’s one or two more seasons to say goodbye to the fans as well as a chance at the cup however unlikely that may be.

Center: Nathan MacKinnon- Colorado Avalanche

After being the worst team in the league over the 2016-17 season, the Avs are experiencing a strong resurgence that is putting them right in the thick of things regarding the playoff picture.

Nathan MacKinnon has played a huge role in the resurgence this year already hitting career highs in goals (31) and assists (46). MacKinnon also has the highest shot percentage of his career with 14.6 percent of his shots on net finding the back of it.

This past week has been a great one for the Avs center who put up 10 points by way of five goals and five assists with a +/- of  plus eight.

Even though he might not win any major awards this year, MacKinnon’s play has made the himself and the Avs relevant on the NHL stage for at least the near future.

Right Wing: Mikko Rantanen- Colorado Avalanche

Unlike his teammate, Rantanen was not an all-star thus not giving him as much name recognition as MacKinnon.

However he has been just as crucial as his line mate MacKinnon to the success the Avs have experienced this season setting career highs in goals (22) and assists (42).

Over the past week, Rantanen recorded two goals and five helpers to lift the Avs to a 3-0-1 record.

The Avs have also been hot of late as the team has points in six of their last seven contests.

These are crucial for a team like Colorado who currently sits one point behind the Anaheim Ducks for the eigth playoff spot.

 

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