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Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena for first time in months

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm PDT

FILE - Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press via AP)

The Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena Wednesday for their home opener

Canucks' home opener will look and sound a little different because of COVID-19; no spectators are allowed in the arena

Canucks take on the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An NHL game will be played in Vancouver Wednesday for the first time in more than 10 months.

The team hasn’t played an NHL game at Rogers Arena since Mar. 10 of last year — a shootout win over the New York Islanders.

That changes on Wednesday night, with former Canuck Tyler Toffoli and the Montreal Canadiens in town.

The Canucks’ home opener will look and sound different than normal. The game is a made-for-TV only event.

There will be no roaring crowds, no popcorn sales, and no jammed SkyTrain cars after the game, either.

Only three NHL clubs are admitting fans at this time, none of them in Canada, although the league is hopeful that might change by the time the playoffs roll around in late spring.

If we’ve learned anything over the last several months, it’s that those plans are subject to change. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Canucks — and every other team — to scrap remaining games in the regular season in mid-March to limit the spread of the virus.

Teams returned to the ice for a modified playoff series, which was played in the summer out of Edmonton and Toronto.

Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. on Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet 650.