The Canucks cleared room for the return of high-scoring forward Daniel Sedin by sending forward Matt Pettinger to their AHL affiliate on Saturday.
Sedin has missed 18 games since his foot was broken by a teammate's shot in the fourth game of the season on Oct. 7. Sedin has led the Canucks in goals in each of the last three seasons.
Sedin would be reunited on the Canucks' top line with identical twin Henrik, likely Sunday night at home against the Blackhawks.
"They're still good players when they're not with one another. Hank has proved that," coach Alain Vignault said earlier this week. "But, obviously, I believe they're better together."