Chris Higgins, who has yet to play this season after breaking his foot in the preseason, returns tonight at the expense of Sven Baertschi. Ryan Miller gets the start in net. The likely lines to start the game via DailyFaceOff.com:
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata
Alex Burrows - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen
Chris Higgins - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen
Adam Cracknell - Jared McCann - Derek Dorsett
Alexander Edler - Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber
Ben Hutton - Matt Bartkowski
For the Pens, it sounds like Chris Kunitz may sit and rookie Daniel Sprong (fantastic hockey name right there) will step in. Their lines from practice earlier today:
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
David Perron - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
Daniel Sprong - Nick Bonino - Beau Bennett
Sergei Plotnikov - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr
Kris Letang - Ian Cole
Brian Dumoulin - Ben Lovejoy
Olli Maatta - Rob Scuderi / Adam Clendening
Fun fact: Marc-Andre Fleury has a 1.71 GAA (third best), .942 S% (second best) and two shutouts (tied for first). We're boned. Maybe all we can do is toss plenty of pucks to kids during the course of the evening and show the Penguins firsthand what Vancouver is really known for: class and dignity.
I could barely type that last part.
I am the smarts: Let's all take a break from this hockey stuff and learn about mother nature.
Fearless prediction: Sutter scores the game winner (somehow, I don't know, let's say Virts does all the work so we can heap praise on the kid) and we get plenty of Bonino/Sutter trade revisit blogs tomorrow. Oh...hold up. Never mind! Apparently we still lost the trade but we win the game and that'll have to do until we see these folks next season.
Go Canucks go.