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THE ROUNDUP: Back To Reality, The Red Wings Are Bad, And More

It wasn’t gonna end well, but full credit to this team coming out of a tough road trip 3-3.

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NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

CANUCKS NEWS: It’s not like I didn’t warn you. Last night we saw a pretty clear demonstration that even if the Canucks are a better team than the one they iced last season, they still can’t hang with the big boys. There’s some positives to be taken from this game, though. Anders Nilsson was solid, and that score really doesn’t give an accurate portrayal of his evening. Nikolay Goldobin responded well to Travis Green slotting him in with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, and perhaps we’ll see that combination again tomorrow night against Boston. In the end, this team isn’t yet equipped to handle elite teams playing at the top of their game, and there aren’t many better than the way the Jets play in the MTS Center. And yes, I know that this was pretty much the toughest road trip they’ll do this season. Coming out of it at .500 is impressive, especially going into Pittsburgh without Elias Pettersson and leaving with 2 points. They’re coming home now, and they’ve got a slew of games against some pretty good teams, so the sooner they can get Dekey Pete back in the lineup, the better.

Here’s what you need to read this morning: Botch talks Goldy, Guddy and how even Elias couldn’t have saved the Canucks last night in The Athletties... Sure, the 3rd period was bad, but was it a learning experience for the Canucks? The Province thinks so... They’re barely home and we’re already talking about Marchand? K. Honestly while I have always been a fan of the Kuz, I cannot fathom why anyone in this market would give a sniveling rat’s ass about what Marshmont thinks about how the Canucks are in this Sedin-less time... IMac on the struggles in this game, including some out of character PK performance...

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Penguins brought Auston Matthews (and the Leafs) streaks to a screeching halt with a 3-0 win at Scotiabank Arena last night. A 3 point night from Evgeni Malkin and a 39 save performance from the returning Matt Murray led the Pens to victory... Nathan MacKinnon’s goal streak came to an end, but a hat trick from Gabriel Landeskog fueled the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 win in New Jersey... Cam Atkinson scored twice in just over 3 minutes in the 2nd en route to a 6-3 Columbus win at home over Philadelphia. Artemi Panarin set up both goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the win... The Red Wings are still looking for their first win of the season as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Steven Stamkos’ 1st of the year was the GWG as the Wings fell to 0-5-2 to start the season... A pair of goals from Vinnie Hinostroza spoiled the return of Corey Crawford in Chicago as Arizona beat the Blackhawks 4-1. Crawford stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced... This Boston Bruins road swing isn’t going so well, as they dropped a 3-2 OT loss in Edmonton one night after losing in Calgary. Leon Draisaitl got the winner :37 seconds into extra time, on a setup from Connor McDavid (obviously)... The Los Angeles Kings struggles continue as they got the doors blown off at home by the New York Islanders in a 7-2 laugh fest. The Isles burned Jonathan Quick for 6 on 29 shots. Drew Doughty has to be thinking he should have gone to Toronto instead after a night like this... Logan Couture had the hatty and Evander Kane notched 2 assists in his first game against his former team in a 5-1 San Jose Sharks win over the Buffalo Sabres.