The lure of potentially millions of hockey fans taking time with their families is proving to be too much for the CBC which has scheduled a rare mid week double header for Hockey Night in Canada on Thursday night.
With Canadians waking up early to watch the World Juniors and spending the afternoon catching up with the Spengler Cup, the CBC is hoping that they let the network provide the nightcap on a full day of hockey for the Great White North.
The early game features the Tampa Bay Lightning, troubled as they are on the road these days taking a break from their troublesome road show, for a home date with the Montreal Canadiens . Tampa which is struggling with their play of late hope to break their string of woe as they play the Habs in front of the home town friendlies at 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT.
The second match of the double header should prove to be an entertaining game with Vancouver and Calgary squaring off at 10 pm ET, 7 PT. The Canucks and Flames always provide an energetic game and with the Flames riding a wave of success of late they should be in fine spirits as the take to the GM Place ice.