The Canucks (30-20-3) get set to host the team that hoisted the Stanley Cup in their own building during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. I’d prefer we never mention the game seven disappointment but fans can’t help but reminisce when these two clubs meet.
Tonight marks the fourth time the rivals square off since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. It’s the second time the Bruins (28-19-4) are in Rogers Arena since the final. On a positive note the Canucks have won two of their last three meetings against the Bruins.
Former Bruins assistant GM, Jim Benning will face Boston for the time since he joined the Canucks as General Manager. Ryan Miller will get the start which will make it his 600th career NHL Game.
Newcomer Brandon McMillan did practice with the team but will not suit up. Head Coach Willie Desjardins confirmed that Nick Bonino is sidelined with a lower body injury but expects him to be back in the lineup soon.
Zack Kassian is riding a three-game goal-scoring streak and the Canucks are in the middle of their highest-scoring three-game stretch of the season registering 13 goals in their last three games.
The Canucks sit in seventh in the Western Conference with 63 points. The Flames are in eighth tied with the Canucks and the Kings are not far behind with 60 points in tenth place. The standings will constantly change for the remainder of the season and every point is crucial in pursuit of a playoff spot.
Following tonight’s tilt the Canucks travel to the Saddledome to take on the Flames Saturday night.
Puck drop is set for 7pm tonight.