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THE ROUNDUP: Painful Losses, Painful Lessons...

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NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

THE CANUCKS: If you thought that somehow the Canucks were going to rally around the bleak news that rookie sensation Brock Boeser’s injury will keep him out of the lineup for the rest of the season, and that they would come out with a purpose against Arizona, you would be wrong. After a string of fairly entertaining games that the Canucks stayed close in (whether they deserved to or not) the Canucks got thoroughly embarrassed by a younger, faster and better Arizona Coyotes team last night. Yeah, read that last bit again. The Coyotes may be in last in the West, but they won’t be there much longer. A whopping 17 shots on goal from the Canucks last night, it was so bad that Arizona’s goalie actually joked he had trouble staying awake. So think about how bad the team looked without their offensive catalyst. Now think about how bad that game could have been without Brendan Leipsic, who was hands down the best Canucks skater... I know there’s a lot of pressure that is starting to build upon the shoulders of Thatcher Demko to lead this team out of the dark in the years ahead, but I think this might be just a little much...

AROUND THE LEAGUE: In the latest edition of “Shitty things a Bruins player did”, noted douchebag David Backes got 3 games from DoPS for this pretty blatant interference...

Just to let you know what Boston fans think about this: there are already two videos on youtube that are pretty much saying there’s a conspiracy against the Bruins. No, take your time. When you’re done laughing your ass off, we’ll continue.

In other news, I don’t think anyone’s sure what the Carolina Hurricanes are doing, but if this works, Jim Benning might want to pay close attention and/or think about life after the Canucks...

ON TAP FOR TONIGHT: A couple games that are worth your time to watch, as they affect the Canucks quest for the bottom. First there’s the battle between Ottawa and Buffalo (you definitely want the Sabres winning this one) as well as Jordan Eberle and the Islanders returning to Edmonton (pure schadenfreude). Another one to keep an eye on is Florida taking on Montreal. Roberto Luongo and the Panthers are just 2 points back of a wild card spot...