The NHL regular season is almost upon us! And while the preseason doesn't actually count, there's still some plays and performances that you should know about.
So here's my look back at some of the best that the Pacific Division had to offer this preseason. Gonna work my way from the bottom of the standings up to the top this time around.
Anaheim Ducks (3-3-1)
The Ducks split a two-game series with the San Jose Sharks, while getting beat twice by the LA Kings and sweeping the Colorado Avalanche. The Coyotes also shutout the Ducks once.
This highlight comes from their September 25th shootout loss to the Kings. John Gibson robs Scott Sabourin halfway through the first period.
Gibson finished that game with 31 saves on 34 shots.
Edmonton Oilers (4-4-0)
The Oilers had some games with lots of goals in them. Here's a sick backhand goal from Jordan Eberle thanks to a pass from behind the net by Darnell Nurse.
San Jose Sharks (3-2-2)
The Sharks apparently had no preseason highlights, so here is Radim Vrbata getting stopped by Sharks goalie Alex Stalock, just for funzies.
Calgary Flames (5-4-0)
Calgary is another team that swept the Avalanche, and did things against the Coyotes in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Their highlight of the preseason comes from their 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. This was Josh Jooris' first of two goals that night, courtesy of phenom Johnny Gaudreau.
Arizona Coyotes (4-2-2)
While we all know Max Domi will not be on the opening night roster, it's not going to keep me from making his shootout goal from the first game of the preseason the Coyotes' highlight of the preseason.
Vancouver Canucks (5-2-0)
Yes, the Canucks looked pretty good during the preseason, but for entertainment purposes, this is Dane Fox and J.C. Lipon fighting while mic'd up.
Los Angeles Kings (5-0-2)
The Kings apparently didn't lose any momentum they had during the postseason this preseason. If there's one play that shows how dangerous the Kings are going to be this year, it's this 2-on-1 that resulted in a Dwight King goal against the Ducks.
So that's the preseason edition of the Best of the Pacific Division. Once there's actual stats kept and things are much easier to find on the internet, I'll take a look at the stud and dud from each team, as well as the highlight of the week.
Hope you enjoyed and let's play some hockey games that count!