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Dallas Stars vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 13 notes, prediction & tweets!

Hank’s Night?

Everything is coming up Canucks right now, as the team is red hot and settling into a groove that should have the Northwest division locked up pretty much already.

All eyes, meanwhile, are on captain Henrik Sedin, whose next point will be the one that places him on top of the franchise all-time list.

It is, as always, a great time to be a Canuck fan.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (7 – 2 – 2) v Minnesota Wild (6 – 5– 1)
Venue: Roger’s Arena
Time: 7:00 pm
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

It’s the first meeting of the year between the Stars and the Canucks, who will rematch in Dallas next week.

The Canucks have won six straight while Dallas had managed four in a row before losing to Calgary.

What to watch: Dallas

The Stars are coming off a wild 7-4 loss in Calgary Wednesday as they continued their road woes.

Dallas Stars. Canucks Preview & Prediction - Vancouver, NHL Game Previews, game notes

Dallas Stars. Canucks Preview & Prediction – Vancouver, NHL Game Previews, game notes

Dallas is 3-1-1 at home but just 4-5-0 away from the American Airlines Center.

The ageless Jaromir Jagr leads the Stars in scoring with 11 points.

It will also be the first trip back to Rogers Arena for Aaron Rome since he signed with Dallas last summer. No word if he flew in Vancouver a night early to have a Valentine’s dinner with Alain Vigneault.

Line-up

Brenden Morrow-Jamie Benn-Jaromir Jagr
Loui Eriksson-Derek Roy-Michael Ryder
Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Reilly Smith
Eric Nystrom-Vernon Fiddler-Ryan Garbutt
Stephane Robidas-Brenden Dillion
Trevor Daley-Aaron Rome
Philip Larsen-Alex Goligoski
Kari Lehtonen

What to watch: Vancouver

The glory of Vancouver took an emotional turn yesterday however with the placement of Manny Malhotra on injured reserve for the year.

With concerns about his eye, and let’s face it his $2.5 million cap hit, the era of Malhotra as a player is over. He’ll continue to be with the team this year as an unofficial coach and spend some time mentoring the young players in Chicago as well.

Coaching is definitely the next phase of Manny’s life.

In happier news, Ryan Kesler has been medically cleared to play hockey and could return to the lineup tonight. (!!!!)

With Manny gone, they’ll need Kesler’s faceoff prowess back fast. Also check out those sexy lines below.

Meanwhile in goaltending, Cory Schneider will get between the pipes tonight.

Line-up

Injuries

For Dallas, Ray Whitey is out until mid-March with a foot injury.

For Vancouver, David Booth is close to returning from his pre-season groin injury, probably sometime next week. It’s good, because he and Kesler seem have to been very bored with no hockey.

Prediction

It’s a perfect storm of emotion at Rogers Arena tonight. Hank is poised to set a record; Manny Malhotra is being shutdown; and Kessier is being inserted in a lineup in danger of becoming stale and set to take to strange new places.

It’ll be a game to remember, 4-1 Vancouver as a pair of assists vaults Hank over Nazzy.

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