Christmas in the Pacific: Division Recap
Hope you all had a great Christmas Holiday! Let’s take a look at what happened this past week in the Pacific Division.
Anaheim Ducks (Record this week: 2-0-1)
All the Ducks games went into overtime this week. An win against the Sharks on Monday, shootout loss against the Coyotes on Saturday night and another overtime win against the Canucks on Sunday night.
Rise or Fall: Even. The extra overtime points help the Ducks.
Who is Hot: Ryan Kessler scored the game winter against the Sharks.
Who is Not: Sami Vatanen has been held without a point this week.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Sharks (Dec 31), vs Blues (Jan 2), vs Predators (Jan 4)
Los Angeles Kings (Record this week: 1-0-1)
The Kings blew a 3-0 lead as the Calgary Flames came back and beat the Kings 4-3 in overtime. The Kings would burn off their Christmas turkey dinner with a 3-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Rise or Fall: Rise. The Kings are in 2nd place.
Who is Hot: Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik keeps on piling on the points.
Who is Not: Jeff Carter had only one point this week.
Upcoming Schedule: at Flames (Dec 29), at Oilers (Dec 30), at Canucks (Jan 1), vs Predators (Jan 3)
San Jose Sharks (Record this week: 0-1-1)
The Sharks invaded Southern California as they faced the Ducks and Kings this week. However, it would be the Sharks getting bit as the Ducks and Kings were victorious in those games.
Rise or Fall: Fall. SoCal was not kind to the Sharks.
Who is Hot: Joe Pavelski scored two goals this week.
Who is Not: John Scott was suspended for four games after his sucker punch on Ducks winger Tim Jackman.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Canucks (Dec 30), at Ducks (Dec 31), vs Blues (Jan 3)
Vancouver Canucks (Record this week: 1-0-1)
The Canucks started the week with a big 7-1 win against the Coyotes. They would not play until Sunday where they had a highly entertaining match against the Ducks. The Canucks would lose that game in overtime 2-1.
Rise or Fall: Even. The only reason why they took a fall in the standings is because the Kings climbed up a few spots.
Who is Hot: Alex Burrows scored two goals in the win against the Coyotes.
Who is Not: Linden Vey has only had one point in the last five games.
Upcoming Schedule: at Sharks (Dec 30), vs Kings (Jan 1), vs Red Wings (Jan 3)
Calgary Flames (Record this week: 2-0-0)
A Johnny Gaudreau hat trick and a Mark Giordano overtime winner helped the Flames come back against the defending champs. With three quick first period goals, the Flames defeated their provincial rivals Edmonton Oilers in another installment of the Battle of Alberta.
Rise or Fall: Rise. The Flames are found their game this week.
Who is Hot: Johnny Gaudreau has been a scoring machine this week.
Who is Not: Ladislav Smid has been quiet in the last few games.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Kings (Dec 29), vs Oilers (Dec 31), vs Islanders (Jan 2)
Arizona Coyotes (Record this week: 2-1-0)
The Coyotes were on the road against the Canucks and Oilers. They were blown out by the Canucks 7-1. The Coyotes would go to the NHL’s Welcome Mat, also known as Rexall Place, and hand the Oilers another loss. The Coyotes would host the Ducks on Saturday night where they would earn a shootout victory.
Rise or Fall: Rise. It’s nice to see the Coyotes with two wins this week.
Who is Hot: Former Oiler Sam Gagner scored two goals and two assists against his former club.
Who is Not: Mike Smith is still struggling between the pipes.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Flyers (Dec 29), at Stars (Dec 31), vs Blue Jackets (Jan 3)
Edmonton Oilers (Record this week: 0-2-0)
The problems continued for the Oilers as they suffered losses against the Coyotes and Flames. This Oilers team looks defeated as the losses keep piling up. Sloppy plays and lack of scoring are embarrassing Oilers fans everywhere.
Rise or Fall: Do we really need to ask? Fall.
Who is Hot: Darnell Nurse and possible future Oilers Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have been looking good in the opening games of the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Who is Not: The team has scored one goal in both games and the goaltenders have been pulled within the first few minutes of each game.
Upcoming Losses Schedule: vs Kings (Dec 30), at Flames (Dec 31), at Avalanche (Jan 2), vs Islanders (Jan 4)
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