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THE ROUNDUP: Jan 4/19- Everything Sucks Edition

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With the dawn comes clarity or whatever...

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

CANUCKS NEWS: First and foremost, there’s a lot of people out there who need to log off. Seriously. Threats and name calling towards Jesperi Kotkaniemi, or anyone who supports the Habs are stupid and wrong and if you’re doing them, you’re stupid and wrong. The things that piss me off the most about this is some of the people saying the stupidest shit were also admonishing people for acting the same way towards Team Canada and Team Finland in the wake of the Finns QF upset. It’s cyber bullying. There’s no age limit. There’s no extenuating circumstances. If you’re doing this you’re what’s wrong with the internet. The other thing? The sanctimonious pricks who take the opportunity to attack the fan base when EVERY fan base has it’s assholes. There’s no one here who should be throwing stones in the glass house that is sports. No one. Take you “See, Vancouver fans are the worst!!!1!” takes and shove them. There’s no place for overreactions, but there’s also no place for trolls that accelerate this shit.

Anyway, let’s get to the important stuff. Elias Pettersson will have an MRI in Toronto today to determine the severity of the injury and let us know how long of a recovery period we can expect. It’s hard to speculate on just how bad or not bad it is, even with the sighting of Pettersson walking without a limp last night. If there’s a good thing in all of this, it’s that the Canucks only play 7 games between now and Feb 2nd. It may not be so good for their playoff aspirations, as the teams below and above them will be cashing in some of those games in hand they hold, but even with as close as they are, and the relative ease of their remaining schedule, it’s still a long shot for this team to make the dance and any long term loss of Pettersson just makes it that much more difficult.

Let’s get you up to date... Patrick Johnston on more frustrating comments from Travis Green and the team on the incident last night... Post gamer from PITB... The latest in the “I just wrote this article and now it’s totally irrelevant” series from The Hockey News... Last night’s Athletties is must-read as always... I remembered seeing this back in October but now that he’s part of the organization you should check it out: A Metal Hammer article on hockey’s biggest metalhead: Mike McKenna... And then just like that, he’s gone. Goddammit...

This leaves the Comets without a starter with Thatcher Demko going up to the parent club. Looks like Ivan Kulbakov is the man and god knows who will back up...

AROUND THE NHL: The Leafs played a rare weekday daytime home game and got off to a good start thanks to a couple Mitch Marner goals, but it all fell apart in the 3rd and they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Minnesota Wild...

The Bruins got a pair from Jake De Brusk and Brad Marchand en route to a 6-4 win over the visiting Calgary Flames...

Jeff Skinner’s 28th of the season was the difference in a 4-3 Buffalo win over the Florida Panthers. They’ve cooled off a bit but the Sabres are still clinging to a Wild Card spot...

The Carolina Hurricanes almost saw a 4-0 lead evaporate in the 3rd as the Flyers scored 3 goals in 4:41 in the 3rd period but hung on for a 5-3 win...

Devin Toews’ 1st NHL goal was the OT winner as the Islanders took down the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Mathew Barzal had 2 for New York and Patrick Kane got his 23rd for the Hawks in the loss...

The Blues had a big night against the defending champs, ringing up a 5-2 win over Washington. The game featured Robert Bortuzzo going after Tom Wilson for Wilson’s dirty preseason hit on Oskar Sundqvist, and Wilson getting into it with a Blues fan who said some pretty despicable shit about Wilson’s family...

The Lightning continue to roll as they moved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 with a 6-2 whuppin’ of the Los Angeles Kings...

In other news, Toronto announced that G Garett Sparks has a concussion, leaving them with their 3rd and 4th string goalies to hold the fort til he and Frederik Andersen can return... The Semi Finals are on today at the WJC’s in Vancouver. The USA and Russia meet in one match while the Finns and Swiss are in the other. Speaking of the Finns, this is a first class troll job on Team Canada’s Noah Dobson...