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GameThread: Vancouver @ Florida

The number of players on the benches may well be exponentially higher than the number of fans in the seats as the Canucks visit Sunrise, Fla for a rare 4 pm Saturday road game.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

When: 4 pm puck drop, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

Where to watch: Sportsnet,

Where to listen: TSN 1040

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition blog: Litter Box Cats

Money line: FLA -194 to -205

Vancouver, coming off an impressive win in Tampa, ventures south to take on the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are now the poster boys for analytics-based management and decision making in the NHL. It is a fascinating experiment. So far this season, though, the Panthers seem to have struggled with mundane things that are difficult to quantify, like injuries and personality clashes. Still, they are building too much talent on that team to be derailed by their early season hiccups.

Ryan Miller is hurting. Jacob Markstrom will start and Thatcher “Franchise Goalie of the Future” Demko will be the backup. Roberto “Hope the Canucks are never penalized by cap recapture” Luongo starts for the Panthers.

Enjoy another early game. Coconuts Go!