For years many believed the Sedin twins got their way with their last head coach.

But that can’t be. They weren’t killing penalties.

It all seems a little screwy at first.

While winning twin Art Ross Trophies and pumping out points the way Breaking Bad produces intensity the twins were pleading with their coach to do something many think will make it more difficult for them to do their job.

And their job is about the NHL glory role. It’s scoring.

But when Henrik Sedin was asked Tuesday if he thought he’d be penalty killing in his first preseason game he responded: “I hope so.”

Aren’t those the kind of grit shifts that are going to chew into those pretty point totals?

Won’t it wear them out and leave them with fewer shifts to focus on offence something that is fairly important on a team that hasn’t proven there’s another legitimate scoring line in town?

“It might” Henrik admitted.

The Sedins have wanted to kill penalties for years. They wanted more shifts that start in the defensive zone too.

Some of it is because they are convinced they can do it. But a lot of the motivation interestingly is because they’d love to prove people wrong.

“I didn’t pay attention to our offensive zone starts but I started reading papers and it was all they talked about why we put up the points we did. It was because we were in the offensive zone” said Henrik referring to the way they were deployed under Alain Vigneault starting more than 60 per cent of their shifts in the offensive zone.

“I know it’s good to start in the offensive zone but I’m not a great faceoff guy. I’m at 50 per cent.

“I think we scored more starting in our own end and breaking out scoring on the rush.

“We want to change people’s opinion of us. We want to show we can play a two-way game. I think we’re more than capable of doing that.”

In short they want to be complete hockey players. As far as aspirations go that’s not bad.

“We’ve never thought of ourselves as one-dimensional players” Henrik Sedin explained. “Growing up in Sweden we played all situations. We played 5-on-5 on the game’s last shift. (We played) PK.

“We were counted on in all those situations.

“With the team we had the way AV coached he liked to put us out there for offensive zone faceoffs because we were the guys he needed to produce.

“That’s the kind of team we had. But we always asked you can ask him and he’ll tell you we always asked to play PK.”