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Embrace the hype. Embrace the start time. After Thursday’s game, we should be happy to have something exciting on the horizon.

Vancouver Canucks v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

When: 4 pm face-off at Rogers Arena

Where to Watch: CBC, NHL.com

Where to Listen: TSN 1040

Opposition Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

SB Nation Game Hub

Money Line: TOR -120 to -165

A month ago, the Canucks were embarrassed on the scoreboard by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri saw fit to rub it in late in the game with a vicious hit on Daniel Sedin. Tonight Vancouver has a shot at redemption. November’s loss came during one of the toughest stretches for Vancouver in recent memory. The team has been playing better of late as the patchwork D continues to hold. It could be a very entertaining game tonight, as long as it doesn’t degenerate into retribution-seeking.

Pregame reading: Sportsnet ran an excellent, wide ranging interview with Trevor Linden today. To me, it confirms everything I’ve thought about the rationale for the Canucks plan of retooling rather than tearing it down.

Dan Murphy tweeted some reaction to that piece:

A Hot Stove tidbit, maybe?

Enjoy the game, everyone. Coconuts go!