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Gamethread: Vancouver vs. Winnipeg, pt 1

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I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen back to back games involving the same hosts and visitors outside of the minors. On the plus side, the Canucks have double the odds of catching a road team with a case of the Roxy Flu.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

When: 7 pm, Rogers Arena

Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific, NHL.com

Where to Listen: TSN 1040

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey

Money Line: WPG -115 to -145

Coming off a well-managed loss to the red rot Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday — a rare game in which the Vancouver Canucks paid the winning coach, regardless of outcome — the Canucks begin a three-game pre-Christmas stretch against Western Canadian opponents. Nic Petan will draw into the Winnipeg Jets lineup tonight, replacing Chris Thorburn. Jacob Markstrom gets the start in net for Vancouver.

Q: Is there another pair of undrafted NHL brother to both play in the NHL? Tanev v Tanev is a great storyline for tonight’s game.

I hope things are winding down for you as the holidays fast approach and you can settle in to catch some hockey during the break. Coconuts Go!