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Canucks try to extinguish Flames entering the Christmas break

Last Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 12:44 pm PDT

(Courtesty NHL.com)

Jannik Hansen will not play after injuring his knee against Winnipeg

Jacob Markstrom gets the start in net

CALGARY (NEWS 1130) – The Canucks will be trying to head home for the holidays on a winning note. Vancouver is in Alberta for a date with the Flames. Henrik Sedin says he and his teammates will be looking for a bounce back effort after falling to the Jets last night.

“It is a must win for us. We are trying our best to battle back to the .500 mark and get something going. We think we are close, but we are losing. It is frustrating. Last night we started off really well and then we beat ourselves.”

We could see the NHL debut of Anton Rodin. The forward has travelled with the team to Alberta after returning from a conditioning stint with the Utica Comets. He was one of the most impressive Canucks in the preseason but experienced issues with his surgically repaired knee and it has kept him out of the lineup all season.

One player who will definitely not be playing this evening is Jannik Hansen. He suffered a suspected MCL sprain after being hit by the Jets Mathieu Perreault last night. Hansen tried to stay in the game, but left after one shift and he did not travel with the team. Alex Burrows says its a big loss for the team.

“He is a big part of this team. We have to find some guys who can step in and play those minutes. It’s too bad. He was playing good and getting back on track. We will just need other guys to step up.”

Jacob Markstrom gets the start in net. The Flames will counter with Brian Elliott.

It is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs after the Canucks topped the Flames 2-1 in a shootout to open Vancouver’s season.

The puck drops at 6 p.m. and you can watch the game on Sportsnet.