Sadly, this is already the second and final time we get to see our old buddies, the Vancouver Canucks. The only other game we got against them this year was a 4-0 win in Vancouver (seems oddly familiar...) where Brad Marchand scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
- There's been noise on David Krejci possibly being back for tonight, but nothing official yet. That would, needless to say, be lovely.
- With a win the Bruins would leapfrog the idle Detroit Red Wings and potentially the Tampa Bay Lightning (who play the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks tonight) for 2nd place in the Atlantic. The Canucks sit at 4th in the rather terrible Pacific Division, behind the Kings, and the Coyotes and Sharks on tiebreaks.
- Speaking of old friends, Ryan Miller's back healthy and is expected to start for the Canucks tonight. Miller 35 now, though he's still posting a decent .915 SV% and has pitched a .948 on the this road trip (three games so far).
- While Daniel Sedin (19-22-41 on the year) is ready to go, Henrik Sedin (9-28-37) is out with an upper body injury and not expected to return until February. There is 15-point(!) drop-off between H. Sedin and the Canucks third-highest point total, which is Jannik Hansen. Hansen with 12 goals and Radim Vrbata with 11 are the only Canucks other than D. Sedin in double digits on the season.
- The Bruins still have a sub-.500 record at the Garden, coming into tonight at 10-11-2.
- The Canucks are 10-9-7 on the road, and lead the NHL with 11 OT/SO losses. No other team has more than 8.
This never gets old.