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[PAC vs NHL] 1-10-17

NHL Teams Points Average: 46.7

Pacific: 45.3
Central: 36.7
Metropolitan: 50.2
Atlantic: 45.3

NHL Teams at 50+ points: 9

Pacific: 2
Central:2
Metropolitan: 4
Atlantic: 1

NHL Teams at 42- points: 8 

Pacific: 1
Central: 2
Metropolitan: 2
Atlantic: 3

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)

Sharks: 6.26%
Ducks: 6.22%
Oilers: 5.88%
Flames: 5.52%
Kings: 2.66%
Canucks: 2.62%
Coyotes: 0.00%

 

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[All-Stars] Roster Opinion 2017

Captain: Connor McDavid (EDM)

Coach: Peter DeBoer (SJ)

Forwards: Jeff Carter (LAK), Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), Bo Horvat (VAN), Ryan Kesler (ANA), Joe Pavelski (SJ)

Defense: Brent Burns (SJ), Drew Doughty (LAK), Cam Fowler (ANA)

Goalies: Martin Jones (SJ), Mike Smith (ARI)

 

4 Sharks, 2 Kings, 2 Ducks, 1 from the rest. Oh boy.

 

Replacement Suggestions

Peter DeBoer: Deserves to go, does not deserve to be Pacific coach. Why: although the Sharks are a strong opponent, not all credit can be given to DeBoer, who has admitted that he inherited a well-coached team. Who should go instead: Darryl Sutter. Why: On top of keeping an injured LA Kings team in playoff contention this year, Sutter has led the team to two cups in the last few years. He has also coached teams in the Pacific division for 17 years. In addition, the game is in LA to celebrate 50 years of their hockey history.

 

Cam Fowler: Deserves to go, does not deserve this 3rd spot on D. Why: although he has been a part of the Ducks push for the Pacific title, other players have put up similar numbers as him from other teams. Who should go instead: Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Why: This is a controversial pick. Despite an another abysmal Coyotes season, Ekman-Larsson has done relatively well for himself. He is also a defenseman near the top of the points sheet for his team. This also preserves the Coyotes place in the all-star game after my next pick.

Mike Smith: Does not deserve to go. Why: Obviously I am not pinning the Coyotes record on him. However, his emotional attitude seems to weigh heavily with the team’s overall attitude. He’s not having a spectacular year, and there are much better goalies in the Pacific that are in the playoff hunt. Who should go instead: Peter Budaj. Why: Without Quick in the line-up for an extended period of time, Budaj has kept the Kings in the playoff race defensively. He has a few shutouts under his belt this year as well. Although a case could be made for Gibson, Talbot, or Johnson, Budaj has earned a spot in this year’s all-star game. Having this game in LA makes him not been chosen sting just that much more.

 

Notable names left at home

  • Leon Draisaitl (EDM)
  • Milan Lucic (EDM)
  • Jordan Eberle (EDM)
  • Corey Perry (ANA)
  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)
  • Jakob Silverberg (ANA)
  • Mikael Backlund (CGY)
  • Dougie Hamilton (CGY)
  • Alec Martinez (LAK)
  • Anze Kopitar (LAK)
  • Dustin Brown (LAK)
  • Henrik Sedin (VAN)
  • Joe Thornton (SJ)

[AB] Sharks back-to-back in division

1-10-17 Edmonton Oilers (Sharks 5, Oilers 3)

1-11-17 Calgary Flames

 

Current standings:

(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.

[CGY vs ANA] Flames light Ducks in the second

Flames 8 – Ducks 3

12-4-16

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.

[ARI v EDM] Post buzzer goal costs Oilers a point and sparks hope for Coyotes

Coyotes 3 – Oilers 2 (Shootout)

Coyotes acted as gap control for the Pacific on Black Friday as they stopped the Oilers from getting both points. Fighting a tough series of games (5 losses of last 6), the Coyotes were able to fight back from behind for a win, led by Vrbata (assist and shootout goal) and Smith in goal.

McDavid started the scoring with a breakaway goal for the Oilers. Coyotes were denied a goal and Larsson would take the Oilers even further with a ninja-like one-timer. Domi would put the Coyotes on the board with a goal on the rush by trailing and using players in front of him as a screen. Coyotes captain Doan would tie the game with a redirect into the Oilers net. The Oilers brought the heat in OT with a powerplay, but the Coyotes held on. McDavid even “scored” on the final rush of OT, just milliseconds after the horn, which would not count. The Coyotes would go on to win in the shootout after both McDavid and Eberle did not score. Vrbata, on the other hand, would extend his career shootout goal count to 43, still the highest in NHL history.