When: 4: 30 pm, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
Where to Watch: Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey, NHL.com
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.
#Canucks will have 12 of their opening night skaters in line-up tonight vs TBL: Dorsett, Virtanen, Hansen, Edler, Tanev & Larsen all out— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) December 8, 2016
Another early start. And a tall order against a deep, structured and well-coached team tonight. Enjoy the game. Coconuts go!