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Return of The Kid - Canucks vs Sharks Gamethread

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SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks and Chris Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks go for the puck at HP Pavilion on September 29, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks and Chris Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks go for the puck at HP Pavilion on September 29, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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1:00 pm PST (matinee?), SNet Pac
Enemy pro: Still such a great matchup....
Enemy con: ..... because they're still pretty damn good.

Tonight, we get to see another rookie. Okay, maybe not much of a rookie, Chris Tanev played 29 regular season games last season, plus 5 playoff games. And now, he rejoins the team. Although his regular partner last year was Keith Ballard, he was reported to have been paired up with Alexander Edler during practices this week. If that young pair sticks together, watch for a whole new batch of puckbunnies going nuts for our blue-line men. (Back off ladies, I want them.) How fitting that Chris returns as the Canucks host the Sharks in a Saturday afternoon matinee, since he played in Games 4 and 5 against them last year.

Coconuts go.

(Disclaimer: I'm working today, so if it turns out that he was scratched, I will be annoyed about my gamethread idea being ruined at the last minute.)