Strong Canadian goaltending led the way in the Pacific Division this week as Calgary and Vancouver leaned on their netminders throughout the week.
There is only one mover this week as the Flames usurp the defending Stanley Cup Champions and crack the top three for the first time this season.
Here’s a look back at the week that was in the Pacific Division:
Three Stars of the Week
- Karri Ramo (CGY) – Two games, 58 saves, two shutouts
- Ryan Miller (VAN) – 2-1-0, 1.35 GAA, .950 Sv% and two shutouts
- Jiri Hudler (CGY) – Four goals and six points
Stat of the Week
The Pacific Division has more overtime losses per team (3.43) than any other division in the NHL.
Highlight of the Week
1. Anaheim Ducks (15-6-5) LW: 1
The Ducks had a very, very tough schedule last week but were able to come away with a 2-2 split. After a great October, Anaheim has gone sideways, but remains a formidable opponent. While the team from B.C. is giving them a run for their money, the Ducks remain atop the Pacific Division Power Rankings.
2. Vancouver Canucks (16-7-1) LW: 2
Vancouver continues to chug along, briefly grabbing the top spot in the standings over Anaheim before the Ducks’ win on Monday. This seven-game road trip will tell us a lot about where the Canucks stand in the upper echelon of the NHL. If they continue to get quality goaltending from Miller, who knows how far this team can go.
3. Calgary Flames (15-8-2) LW: 4
Here come the Flames (and not like the hashtag “Here come the Oilers”)! I finally caved and moved up the Flames as the team that just keeps winning. They were my seasonal team crush early on, and I’m thinking more and more they will find a way into the postseason. Both of their goaltenders have been outstanding and will take them a long way.
4. Los Angeles Kings (12-7-5) LW: 3
The Kings continue to slip in my rankings, dropping from No. 1 to No. 4 in just a few short weeks. Los Angeles continues to sputter, and struggle with the league’s top teams. Their defensive corps has struggled and there is no help in sight. It is hard to imagine the Kings missing the postseason, but they might have to defend their title from a wild card spot rather than an automatic entry.
5. San Jose Sharks (11-10-4) LW: 5
There is a drop off from the top four to Nos. 5 and 6. The Sharks are an inconsistent mess and you have no idea which team is going to come out to play on any given night. That playoff collapse to the Kings really spooked this team and they are yet to recover. San Jose may have a much harder time getting back to the playoffs than they expected. Their coach, Todd McLellan, may be the first (and only) Pacific Division coach fired in-season.
6. Arizona Coyotes (10-12-3) LW: 6
The Coyotes salvaged a disastrous week by beating up on the lowly Oilers on Monday. After blowing a 3-0 lead at home to the Colorado Avalanche, they were shutout by the Flames. The Coyotes have beaten up on Edmonton as 30 percent of Arizona’s wins this season are against them. The Coyotes are still mediocre and still have some problems, but maybe they can finally claw their way back to .500 as they play Edmonton twice more this month.
7. Edmonton Oilers (6-15-4) LW: 7
If I could put them lower than seven I would. Edmonton has lost 10 games in a row (0-7-3) and is in an active race for the worst team in hockey. There is not much to like about the Oilers and there does not appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel.