NHL Teams Points Average: 46.7
NHL Teams at 50+ points: 9
NHL Teams at 42- points: 8
Pacific Division Strength: Improving but remains in the shadows of Metropolitan
Now competitive with the Atlantic, mostly due to the falling Central division. Metropolitan division has become titanic, with the Rangers holding a ridiculous wild card spot at 57 points. The Canucks are struggling to stay competitive while the Jets seem to be slipping away.
Cup Chances (Points)
1-10-17 Edmonton Oilers (Sharks 5, Oilers 3)
1-11-17 Calgary Flames
(1) San Jose – 50 points
(3) Edmonton – 49 points
(4) Calgary – 46 points
With Edmonton just 1 point behind San Jose and Calgary looking to show their potential as a playoff contender, San Jose’s trip to Alberta this week is critical in the Pacific, especially as the official halfway point of the season.
Mildly interesting: Calgary does not venture south of the Canadian border during the month of January.
Boedker scored a hat trick.
Flames 8 – Ducks 3
Ducks lost all control of their slot area today as 8 different Flames players were able to convert shots into goals. Tips in front, open men in the slot, and consistent board battles were the difference in this game. The Flames final goal was a 2 on 0 rush on a penalty kill to add salt to the wound. Ducks were able to tack in a couple goals in the final 4 minutes, but it would not be nearly enough to overcome the Flames flurry of goals in the second (5 in 6 minutes). Gaudreau’s presence was clearly a factor, drawing first blood and playing a role in the first three Calgary goals.
Kesler was the best Ducks player on the ice tonight, scoring twice and perhaps becoming responsible for the Ducks’ positives: face-off percentage and shots on goal. The Ducks will have a couple of days to regroup before facing the Hurricanes at home on Wednesday.
Both Carolina and Ottawa look to find success in the California gauntlet this week.