The Vancouver Canucks will be without their captain for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday night. They'll also be without their coach.
Henrik Sedin's consecutive games played streak will come to an end as Vancouver visits the struggling Edmonton Oilers without coach John Tortorella.
The NHL suspended Tortorella without pay for 15 days on Monday for his conduct after a brawl between the Canucks and the Calgary Flames.
Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room at intermission following the first period Saturday night, which began with several fights and four game misconducts per team. Vancouver won the game 3-2 in a shootout.
'Mr. Tortorella's actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the league,' NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.
'Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game.'
Tortorella's suspension runs through Feb. 2. He will miss six games starting Tuesday.
Tortorella is not allowed to have any interaction with the Canucks before, during or after games during that time.
'We respect the decision made by the National Hockey League today to suspend John Tortorella for 15 days from Sunday, with no contact with the team for six games,' Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement.
'We would also like to acknowledge our organization's full support for John and we look forward to having him back behind the bench soon.'
This is the second career suspension for Tortorella, who missed Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals as coach of the New York Rangers for throwing a water bottle into the stands in Washington.
Lost in the brawl-marred game was the Canucks (25-16-9) snapped a three-game skid and won for just the second time in nine games.
Sedin, who leads the team with 40 assists, didn't come out for the third period and will see his streak of 679 consecutive games played come to an end due to an undisclosed injury. It will mark 2010 MVP's first missed game since March 19, 2004.
Even without Sedin, the Canucks may prove to be too much for the hapless Oilers (15-30-6). Vancouver has won eight of 11 in the series, including two home meetings earlier this season by a total score of 10-2. The Canucks outshot them 84-42 in those contests.
A number of Vancouver players have had individual success lately versus Edmonton, including Daniel Sedin, who has five goals and seven assists over his last 11 matchups. Jason Garrison has recorded three of his 11 career multi-point games against the Oilers.
Roberto Luongo, who made 31 saves Saturday after missing six games with an ankle injury, stopped 40 shots in the season's first two matchups versus Edmonton.
The Oilers are toiling at the bottom of the Western Conference as losers of four straight and nine of 11, allowing at least three goals in each contest.
Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in a 3-2 overtime loss at Winnipeg on Saturday.
"We were fine early," coach Dallas Eakins said, "and then as the game wears on, and as the game gets harder and harder, we don't have that strength to quite sustain it for the full 60 minutes."
Forwards Nail Yakupov (concussion) and Ales Hemsky (ankle) could remain sidelined after sitting out against the Jets.
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