The Oilers Break the Streak: Pacific Division Recap – Week 10
With another week in the books, let’s take a look what happened in the Pacific Division. I’d thought I’d have a little fun for this edition so, this week’s photos are brought to you in part by Honest NHL Slogans. Click here to check out the other “Honest Slogans”.
Anaheim Ducks (Record this week: 4-0-0)
The Anaheim Ducks had a perfect week with wins at home against Boston and Philadelphia. They would end the week with wins in Minnesota and Winnipeg. Ilya Bryzgalov signed a tryout contract with the Ducks.
Rise or Fall: Rise. Like in the movies, the Ducks are back on top!
Who is Hot: Ryan Kesler had three goals in two games this week.
Who is Not: With four straight wins, it’s hard to say.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Oilers (Dec 10), at Oilers (Dec 12), at Jets (Dec 13)
Vancouver Canucks (Record this week: 2-1-1)
The Canucks continued their Eastern Conference road trip with wins in Washington and Pittsburgh. They struggled on Saturday night against the Leafs and blew a three goal lead against the Senators, losing 4-3 in overtime.
Rise or Fall: Even. They look impressive against the Capitals and Penguins, but fell flat against the Leafs and Senators.
Who is Hot: The Sedin twins and had a good week.
Who is Not: Ryan Miller was pulled in the game against the Leafs.
Upcoming Schedule: at Canadiens (Dec 9), vs Rangers (Dec 13)
Calgary Flames (Record this week: 2-1-0)
The Flames were at home this week, starting with a convincing victory against the Coyotes. The “Cardiac Kids” managed to get an overtime win against the Avalanche, but ran out of time against the Sharks.
Rise or Fall: Even. The Flames are maintaining their play as well their position in the standings.
Who is Hot: Josh Jooris, Dennis Wideman and Johnny Gaudreau have been providing the scoring punch this week.
Who is not: The Cardiac Kids can’t always rely on come-from-behind victories.
Upcoming Schedule: at Maple Leafs (Dec 9), at Sabres (Dec 11), at Penguins (Dec 12), at Blackhawks (Dec 14)
Los Angeles Kings (Record this week: 2-1-0)
The Kings had back-to-back shutout wins against the Bruins and Coyotes. The only set back was a loss on Saturday afternoon against the Flyers.
Rise or Fall: Rise. They are trying to catch up to the top three teams in the Pacific.
Who is Hot: Alec Martinez proved that he deserved his contract extension with a goal and assist against the Coyotes.
Who is not: That 70’s Line has been quiet.
Upcoming Schedule: at Sabres (Dec 9), at Senators (Dec 11), at Canadiens (Dec 12), at Maple Leafs (Dec 14)
San Jose Sharks (Record this week: 3-1-0)
The Sharks had a pretty decent week with a win at home against the Flyers. They clawed back against the Bruins in a very entertaining game and managed to contain the Flames on Saturday night. The only setback was a loss to the Oilers.
Rise or Fall: Rise. The Sharks managed to get a few wins.
Who is Hot: Tommy Wingels had two goals and three assists.
Who is Not: The Oilers managed to bust their losing streak against the Sharks.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Oilers (Dec 9), vs Wild (Dec 11), vs Predators (Dec 13)
Arizona Coyotes (Record this week: 1-3-0)
The Coyotes, in fact, had some games this week. They managed to get a victory against an evenly matched Edmonton Oilers. However, the Coyotes would drop the next three games against the Flames, Kings and Bruins.
Who is Hot: Tobias Rieder scored two shorthanded goals in 58 seconds against the Oilers, breaking Esa Tikkanen’s record set in 1988.
Who is not: Devan Dubnyk and Mike Smith continue to struggle.
Upcoming Schedule: vs Predators (Dec 11), vs Wild (Dec 13)
Edmonton Oilers (Record this week: 1-1-1)
The forever rebuilding Oilers continued their losing streak against the Coyotes and Jets. GM Craig MacTavish held a “state of the union” press conference on Friday. That must have somehow motivated the Oilers, because they snapped their 11 game losing streak against the Sharks. That is also their first win against a Western Conference opponent.
Who is Hot: David Perron and Nail Yakupov provided the goals in the victory against the Sharks.
Who is Not: The team was on a 11 game losing streak before their victory against the Sharks.
Upcoming Schedule: at Sharks (Dec 9), at Ducks (Dec 10), vs Ducks (Dec 12), vs Rangers (Dec 14)
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