Better when you pay

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Until last week, Vancouver Canucks' ticketholders weren't getting bang for the big bucks they pay to watch the team at General Motors Place.

For pay-per-view subscribers, it's another story. Canucks are 4-1 on Canucks TV so far and have outscored opponents 14-7. They'll play away while you pay at home at 5 p.m. against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., tonight.

Canucks are putting a three-game winning streak on the line in the first of three pre-Christmas road games.

In previous pay-per-view games, Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers (2-1), Chicago Blackhawks (5-0 and 2-1) and Detroit Red Wings (4-3 in overtime), but lost to the Anaheim Ducks (2-1).

They've also performed better on pay-per-view than during their eight Hockey Night in Canada appearances. Canucks are 4-4 and have been outscored 19-21 on CBC-televised games.

It'll cost $11.95 to watch on cable, satellite or at selected movie theatres, unless you find a restaurant or bar that's showing the game. Sorry, no refunds if the Canucks are tamed by the Wild.

It's still free on Team 1040 radio.


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