Grabovski hit likely puts Henrik Sedin out until February

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin talks about the hit from Mikhail Grabovski of the New York Islanders.

Henrik Sedin is unlikely to dress for an NHL game until February, according to Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins.

“It’s probably a 10-day injury,” Desjardins told reporters Monday. “I think he’ll be back after the all-star break.”

Desjardins said his team captain will likely be sent home from New York City with an upper-body injury after a first-period hit from Mikhail Grabovski took Sedin out of Sunday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders.

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Grabovski received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL will not be scheduling a supplementary discipline hearing for Grabovski.

“I didn’t see him at all. I knew someone was there, but I thought I had somehow turned away from him, so I did not expect him to hit me at that point,” Sedin said after the game.

If Desjardins’ estimate proves true, Sedin will miss four games, putting his likely return Feb. 4 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sedin has nine goals and 28 assists this season. His brother, Daniel, was selected to represent the Canucks at the All-star Game in Nashville.

Desjardins also said Ryan Miller will likely be his starting goaltender Tuesday versus the New York Rangers. Rookie forward Jake Virtanen is expected to make his return Tuesday as well.

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