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THE ROUNDUP- Nov 5/18: Canucks swing out East (again)

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The Canucks are back on the road for a 6 game road trip, the first of 9 road games in November.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

CANUCKS NEWS: If you wanted to head out on the road on a positive vibe, you probably couldn’t do better than the way the Canucks closed out their road trip Friday night against Colorado. The entire league is abuzz about the performances of Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, and with good reason. They’re certainly doing what they can to make the loss of Daniel and Henrik Sedin easier to take for Canucks fans, and creating an aura of excitement around the team that hasn’t existed for years.

The road trip starts off in Detroit, which like the Canucks have gone from being a league powerhouse to a sad former shell of themselves. They do have some intriguing young talent, but are also in the midst of trying to rebuild their identity after losing some pretty key pieces over the last few years as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg both moved on.

The road trip is their second 6-game jaunt of the season, one that sees them face 5 Eastern opponents, and ending it with a Central Division matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

Here’s your morning reading... Uncle Bob says that Pettersson’s performance on Friday night was ‘transcendent’ and we couldn’t agree more... The Canucks realize that a strong performance on this road swing could go a long way to deciding their fate this season, so getting Chris Tanev and Anders Nilsson back will help... The Province’s Prospect Tracker looks at Jonathan Dahlen warming up in Utica... With Pettersson and Boeser turning heads, are the days of empty seats at Rogers Arena about to come to an end? If you haven’t seen this yet, the Avalanche broadcast of the Boeser goal is just awesome. They are completely blown away by it all...

The LA Kings fired John Stevens and hilariously think that things will get better with Wille Desjardins behind the bench. That’s pretty good... Just leaving this here...

AROUND THE LEAGUE: 3 games in the NHL last night... The Tampa Bay Lightning tied it with 27 seconds left then a Yanni Gourde goal 14 seconds into OT gave them a 4-3 win over Ottawa...

The Rangers have now won 3 straight as they got two goals from Jimmy Vesey and a 39 save performance from Henrik Lundqvist...

Cam Fowler’s hat trick goal snapped Anaheim’s 7 game losing streak in a 3-2 OT win over the Columbus Blue Jackets...