As another weeks goes by, the Pacific Division continues to be the island of misfit toys.
The Anaheim Ducks remain the supreme team, but probably at the bottom of the list of division-leading teams. The Los Angeles Kings are going to loser point their way into the postseason, only to demolish everyone in front of them. The San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers are not misfit toys, they’re just broken.
But enough with the analogies — Let’s take a look back at the week that was in the Pacific Division:
Three Stars of the Week
- Henrik Sedin (VAN): Three goals, eight points
- Jonathan Quick (LA): 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .959 save percentage
- Daniel Sedin (VAN): Pacific Division-leading six assists.
Stat of the Week
Los Angeles is the only team in the NHL to sit in a division’s top three with under 30 wins.
Highlight of the Week
1. Anaheim Ducks (38-16-7) LW: 1 (16 consecutive weeks)
After fledgling around for nearly two weeks in the middle of the month, the Ducks finished last week strong. They’ve won three games in a row, two against teams currently holding a playoff spot. Anaheim’s offense has been good, its goaltending passable and they continue to hold a double-digit point lead over the rest of the division.
2. Vancouver Canucks (34-22-3) LW: 2
Losing Ryan Miller for the foreseeable future will certainly hurt the Canucks’ chances of hosting a playoff series in round 1, but the team continues to play well around Eddie Lack. The Sedin twins went bonkers last week, with passy Sedin scoring three goals and shooty Seding picking up six assists. Wat? No matter who scores, the Canucks’ spot at No. 2 in the division and in the Pacific Division Power Rankings is in jeopardy because of…
3. Los Angeles Kings (28-18-12) LW: 3
The Kings won both of their games last week, including an outdoor game featuring sweaters that would make Don Cherry blush, extending their winning streak to seven games. Jonathan Quick and LA’s defense have been sensational lately, allowing just five goals in the past four games. Despite the poor road and OT/SO record, the Kings are only three points back from opening the postseason at home.
4. Calgary Flames (32-23-4) LW: 4
Calgary did not win either of its two tough home games last week, grabbing just a single point. Bounced out of the Pacific Division’s top three by the Kings, Calgary has dropped all the way to ninth place. The Flames aren’t free falling, but have very little margin for error down the stretch in hopes of completing a storybook season with a playoff appearance.
5. San Jose Sharks (30-23-8) LW: 5
The San Jose Sharks are performing about as well in their hockey routine as the left shark did at his Super Bowl halftime dancing routine. They are winning enough so it’s not completely pathetic, but in the end, it really is bad. The impeding doom has to be wearing on the players and coaches as well. If last offseason was bad, wait until this one.
6. Arizona Coyotes (20-33-7) LW: 6
The Coyotes are dangerously close to falling to the very bottom of this list. They lost two more games last week, their fifth and sixth games in a row, and the eighth time in their last nine games (1-7-1). Arizona is doing just about nothing well, and could easily catch Edmonton in the next couple weeks.
7. Edmonton Oilers (17-34-10) LW: 7
Edmonton returned from its long road trip for a three-game homestand. The Oilers went 1-2-0 and remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings. There’s not much to talk about in Oilers land these days. The race between them and Arizona for the NHL’s second-worst record is the only storyline of note.