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)
Senators (15-9-2, 2nd in Atlantic):
- 12-7 Sharks (Sens 4, Sharks 2)
- 12-10 Kings (Kings 4, Sens 1)
- 12-11 Ducks (Ducks 5, Sens 1)
Hurricanes (10-10-5, 7th in Metropolitan):
- 12-7 Ducks (Ducks 6, Canes 5 in SO)
- 12-8 Kings* (Canes 3, Kings 1)
- 12-10 Sharks (Sharks 4, Canes 3)
Both Ottawa and Carolina look to grab points out in California during the second half of this week starting Wednesday night in San Jose and Anaheim. The Senators are coming off a frustrating 8-5 loss against the Penguins this past Monday. However, except for one more overtime loss, they have a record identical to the Sharks going into trip. Craig Anderson, the Sens’ netminder, was named as the first star of the week last week. The Hurricanes had a rocky start to the season but are slowly working their way into becoming strong competitors this season.
*I will be attending the Kings-Canes game Thursday night in LA with a few buddies. The Kings will be looking to take advantage of a Carolina team in the 2nd of back-to-back games.
The Senators could come out with guns blazing against the Sharks, who have not played since their win against the Canadians 5 days ago. The Ducks are coming off of a hard loss against the Flames and should set the tone against the Hurricanes early tonight if they want a good chance of winning.