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GameThread: Vancouver @ Tampa Bay

A battered Canucks team heads to Florida to take on the state’s successful NHL franchise.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When: 4: 30 pm, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

Where to Watch: Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey,

Where to Listen: TSN 1040

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition Blog: Raw Charge

Money Line: TBL -214 to -230

The story tonight is injuries. Steven Stamkos is on the shelf for the Tampa Bay Lightning (good for the Canucks, bad for lovers of seeing the best players). The Canucks are accruing injuries throughout the entire lineup, now including Philip Larsen (who mercifully is not seriously hurt after getting hit by Taylor Hall in New Jersey). Andrey Pedan has been called up from Utica, and Alex Biega figures to draw in for his first game as a defenseman tonight.

Another early start. And a tall order against a deep, structured and well-coached team tonight. Enjoy the game. Coconuts go!