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This Week in the Pacific Division: Sharks drowning in the Pacific

Could the Kings and Sharks both miss the playoffs?

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

While it's nice to see the top teams continue to push towards the playoffs, two teams are struggling to stay on the right side of the cut line.

Right now, both the Kings and Sharks would miss the playoffs, which would certainly be something. Even though the Sharks are struggling to find some Ws right now, they are responsible for the highlight of the week.

Now onto the rest of the division. Oh, and the Coyotes have a firm grasp on that last place slot now...

Anaheim Ducks (46-21-7, 2-1-0 this week)

Stud: Corey Perry returns to the stud spot with three goals on the week. It wasn't very efficient as he took 15 shots, but it is what it is.

Dud: Frederik Andersen went out there for a game against the Rangers and gave up three goals on seven shots in ten minutes. John Gibson wasn't much better in relief, giving up four goals on 22 shots.

Vancouver Canucks (42-26-4, 3-1-0 this week)

Stud: I'll bet Radim Vrbata is glad he got out of Arizona. Just another two goals and three assists this week for the former Coyote as the Canucks continue to battle for a playoff spot.

Dud: Chris Higgins managed to get zero points on a week where there was tons of scoring for this team. Even with about 16 minutes of ice time each game, he's only picked up 30 points in 68 games this year.

Calgary Flames (40-27-6, 2-1-1 this week)

Stud: Jiri Hudler had a very Vrbata-like week with two goals and three assists for the Flames. What a breakout year it's been for him.

Dud: Going to go with Joe Colborne in this slot. Not just for his points-free week, but also his kind of funny 2-8 faceoff record. I get that he's not a faceoff guy, but it's still funny to look at.

Los Angeles Kings (35-23-14, 1-1-1 this week)

Stud: Anze Kopitar had at least one point in each of L.A.'s three games this week, amassing a goal and four assists. Doesn't appear to be enough for this team though.

Dud: Obviously it's Dustin Brown. No points, and several giveaways. And he's Dustin Brown.

San Jose Sharks (35-30-8, 1-3-0 this week)

Stud: Joe Pavelski had three goals and an assist. At least there's one guy trying to keep this team alive.

Dud: Patrick Marleau needs to do more than put up an assist over a four-game stretch as the team continues to falter. It would be a sight to behold if both the Kings and Sharks miss the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers (20-40-13, 1-1-1 this week)

Stud: It was a four goal week for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as this team refuses to finish last in the division, thankfully.

Dud: Rob Klinkhammer went scoreless. I'll leave it at that.

Arizona Coyotes (21-44-8, 0-3-0 this week)

Stud: Oliver Ekman-Larsson would like all the goals. Three more this week to bring his season total up to 20.


Well, the Coyotes are in last finally. Will it stick?