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Sweet Aquatic GameThread: Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Sutter will probably score a million goals tonight. Nick Bonino most certainly will not.

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7:00 PM PT - Rogers Arena - Vancouver BC
TV: Sportsnet - Radio: TSN 1040
Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins make their one and only visit of the year to Rogers Arena to face our Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver will aim to make it three straight wins before heading out on a seven game road trip while the Pens have won four straight, including seven of their last eight. By way of history, Vancouver has gone 2-0-3 against Pittsburgh in the past five years, so clearly we have some three-on-three to look forward to.
One obvious story will be the "old faces in new places" game with Nick Bonino returning to his temporary home last season while Brandon Sutter gets to stare at his spurned lover of three seasons for the first time. Speaking of spurning, another small angle to the evening is that Willie Desjardins turned down the Penguins' coaching gig last year which is how Mike Johnston found employment.

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

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.