Phil Kessel and Ryan Kesler go head-to-head when the Leafs come to Vancouver

Preview: Pavel Bure, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver’s night in the spotlight

The Canucks look for their 11th straight win against the Maple Leafs, but they'll retire the Russian Rocket's No. 10 first.

It really can’t get any better than this.

Saturday night is the kind of evening franchises build their entire year around – the kind of evening that actually justifies the the insane rise in Vancouver’s ticket prices.

On the ice, the Canucks are going for their 11th straight win over the surging Maple Leafs, who haven’t beaten Vancouver since George W. Bush was in his first term (that’s actually true). Phil Kessel and his rotation of round table knights goes up against the best first line in hockey, with Ryan Kesler turning the Sedin Twins’ connection into BeastMoDo, and Twins turning Kesler into the scorer we haven’t seen since Game 6 against the Nashville Predators in 2011.

Roberto Luongo faces off against the franchise that almost had him, and GM Dave Nonis returns to Vancouver with Mason Raymond, both of whom should have some measure of revenge – or, at least, vindication – on their minds.

And, yeah, there will be hundreds of Leafs fans in Rogers Arena’s stands. And with the way Vancouver’s corporate crowd sleeps through most home games, you can expect the Buds to be louder than the Whales when the red light goes off behind Luongo, too.

Saturday has all the makings of a Hollywood matinee – a red carpet event in a city that buzzes when it has a chance to strut its stuff on the national catwalk.

Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to the Bure thing…

Just Posted

Bear goes out on a limb for Thanksgiving feast

Maple Ridge Bears group rallies to save animal

Flames drop two games on weekend

Ridge Meadows hosts Pilots on Friday

Pitt Meadows police review nearing recommendations

Report to council expected as soon as November

Letter: Time to resume work on election reform?

Last time, Trudeau promised a new system

First two days of advance voting up 25 per cent

Polls busy including Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

First case of ‘probable’ vaping-related illness found in B.C.

Health officials warn this could be the first of many

Fire response at Trans Mountain Burnaby tank farm could take six hours: audit

Site doesn’t have mutual aid response agreement with Burnaby fire department

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

B.C. principal suspended for failing to help student who reported inappropriate touching

Principal didn’t remove student from the teacher’s class nor call the parents within a reasonable time

Port Moody mayor goes back on unpaid leave during sex assault investigation

Rob Vagramov said he intends to return as mayor in three or four weeks

Most Read