Scratches: Juulsen, Hayer, Winquist, Mueller, Davis.
Notes: Everett plays a skater short and is missing several key players, including leading scorer Joshua Winquist, who is apparently suffering from an injury, but no details were available. Fellow overage forward Manraj Hayer (concussion) is also out, meaning the Tips are in the unusual position of having a top line listed with just two players. Defensemen Mirco Mueller (World Juniors), Kevin Davis (U-17 World Hockey Challenge) and Noah Juulsen (U-17 World Hockey Challenge) are away on international duty. Therefore, 16-year-old call-up defenseman Jordan Wharrie makes his WHL debut. Winger Patrick Bajkov is a surprise return from his upper-body injury.
Scratches: Barzal, Honey, Yakubowski, Bear, Kolesar.
Notes: Seattle also plays one short because of missing players. Mathew Barzal (upper body), Keegan Kolesar (upper body) and Ethan Bear (lower body) are all nominally playing at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge, but all three are dealing with injuries, with Barzal not even making the trip to Nova Scotia. Leading goal scorer Roberts Lipsbergs (World Juniors) is back from international duty, but wingers Connor Honey (upper body) and Jaimen Yakubowski (upper body) are also out injured, leaving the T-birds with just 10 forwards. Therefore, defenseman Austin Douglas skates as a forward.
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