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Last night was a great example of why you should abandon this notion of playoffs, among other things.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

CANUCKS NEWS: After a disappointing loss Saturday night to the Canadiens, in a game where they were the better team for the majority of the evening, this game was looked at as an opportunity to bounce back and stop the bleeding of what was then a 5 game losing streak. That, my friends, was a fool’s mission. Make it 6 straight as the Canucks showed that they simply cannot hang with the big dogs. Yes, there was a time where it looked like the Canucks might tie it up early in the 3rd, but the Canucks were never going to win this game. They certainly didn’t deserve it to be as close as it was, and if anything that should be a condemnation of the Jets for not being able to convert enough given the myriad of chances they had. The game was not nearly as close as the scoreboard indicated.

There was some things that we can take away from this game that will comfort us. Elias Pettersson continues to evolve with each shift, a legitimate threat every time he is on the ice, and a force defensively. We had a hunch we’d be getting an elite goal scorer, but his complete 200 foot game is something few predicted. He is going to be the best player ever to wear this uniform. Yes, I am saying this after 17 games. Prove me wrong.

Sam Gagner had himself a solid game, not just in how he played, but in how he showed that there are guys on this team who should be in the press box or Utica to ensure Gagner’s got a spot the rest of the way. He looked entirely comfortable on the Horvat line.

Nikolay Goldobin had a great game, and that Rush Line is going to become one of the most feared in the NHL if Travis Green keeps it together. Troy Stecher and Ben Hutton were both pretty solid on the back end, Hutton especially showing the benefits of his off-season focus to conditioning and getting his mindset back to where it needed to be.

Sadly, all of this is not enough to win a game against a team like the Jets. It’s a shame, because Connor Hellebuyck was not particularly good last night. He was better than Jacob Markstrom though, and that was the difference. 3 particularly bad goals that Markstrom has to stop. The goaltending is not good enough, and it’s going to see the Canucks continue to falter. They play Anaheim Wednesday night, and if you think a game in November isn’t the most important one of the season, you might be wrong. A regulation loss by the Canucks will see them drop out of the playoff spot they currently hold. I’m not seeing anything that suggests that they would be able to fight their way back in, even from one point back. And with Arizona, Edmonton and Vegas just 3 points back, they can all easily catch the Canucks. Hell, even the Kings are just 7 points back. The Jack Hughes dream is far from dead.

Here’s your morning reading... Botch with a ton of good stuff last night... The PITB take on last night’s mess... The Province breaks it down here, and here ... The flip side takes from Illegal Curve and Arctic Ice Hockey...

AROUND THE LEAGUE

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The Montreal Canadiens scored 3 goals in 1:15 to start the 2nd period against the Washington Capitals and still lost on a Lars Eller OT goal in a 5-4 game at the Bell Centre. Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals for the Caps in the victory...

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