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GameThread: Vancouver vs Islanders

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The Canucks host the possibly soon to be homeless Islanders, who are on their seemingly endless “let’s waste John Tavares’ immense talent” tour.

NHL: New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

When: 7 pm, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.

Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific, NHL.com

Where to Listen: TSN 1040 (at least this season)

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

Money Line: VAN +119 to +125

The Vancouver Canucks host the New York Islanders in this the second game of a five-game home stand. The Islanders come to town holding the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, one point up on Toronto and three points clear of Philadelphia. Interim coach Doug Weight is on the verge of rescuing the Islanders’ season. Recent call-up Josh Ho-Sang has a goal and a cool uniform number that is offending humorless hockey writers all over North America.

Vancouver is coming off a tough-luck overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday. Nikolay Goldobin is out tonight with the flu (or is it the mumps) so Reid Boucher draws on to the second line with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi. Alex Biega will play as a 12th forward and Nikita Tryamkin may draw back in on D. Ryan Miller gets the start with Jacob Markstrom still out.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Coconuts go!