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Pacific Division Pileup: February 15, 2020

The season’s end is rapidly approaching and things are heating up in the Pacific Division.

Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images

This week was rough for the Arizona Coyotes. They lost a very winnable team against one of the worst teams in the NHL in the Ottawa Senators, although they still have a playoff spot. They are one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for final Wild Card spot, although they have played one more game.

Vancouver Canucks

Record this week: 2-1-0

Points: 69

Upcoming games: Anaheim Ducks (2/16), Minnesota Wild (2/19)

Injuries: Brock Boeser (upper body), Michael Ferland (concussion), Oscar Fantenberg (concussion), Tyler Motte (shoulder), Josh Leivo (knee), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

Despite dealing with injuries the Canucks have had a good week. They weren’t able to beat the Flames, but they played well against the Nashville Predators. This past week was a big one for the fanbase as Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s numbers were retired.

Edmonton Oilers

Record this week: 2-1-0

Points: 66

Upcoming games: Florida Panthers (2/15), Carolina Hurricanes (2/16), Boston Bruins (2/19),

Injuries: Zack Kassian (suspension), Connor McDavid (quadricep), James Neal (foot), Joakim Nygard (hand), Kris Russell (concussion)

Things started well for the Oilers but got worse as the week went on. Zack Kassian was suspended for kicking Erik Cernak with the blade of his skate and Connor McDavid will miss a few weeks with an injury. The Oilers have relied heavily on McDavid this season and him missing significant time could hurt their playoff chances.

Vegas Golden Knights

Record this week: 1-1-1

Points: 66

Upcoming games: New York Islanders (2/15), Washington Capitals (2/17), Tampa Bay Lightning (2/20)

Injuries: Cody Glass (day-to-day, leg), Alex Tuch (day-to-day, ankle)

The Golden Knights had a rough week with only one win which came in overtime. Vegas is still deep in the playoff hunt, although the Western Conference and Pacific Division do allow teams to leave points on the table. Vegas also announced a new arena for their soon to be relocated AHL franchise.

Calgary Flames

Record this week: 3-1-0

Points: 66

Upcoming games: Chicago Blackhawks (2/15), Anaheim Ducks (2/17)

Injuries: Travis Hamonic (shoulder), Mark Giordano (hamstring), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

The Flames went on a tour of the Pacific Division, beating the Canucks, Sharks, and Ducks over the week. Their one loss came against the lowly Los Angeles Kings, a result that shows that the best team doesn’t always win.

San Jose Sharks

Record this week: 0-1-0

Points: 54

Upcoming games: Winnipeg Jets (2/14), Minnesota Wild (2/15), Florida Panthers (2/17), New Jersey Devils (2/20)

Injuries: Erik Karlsson (day-to-day, undisclosed), Tomas Hertl (knee), Logan Couture (ankle), Dalton Prout (upper body)

The Sharks had limited action this past week, although they did the Coyotes a favor beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. The Sharks are moving up the standings, which may not be the best thing for a team that is set to miss the playoffs this season.

Anaheim Ducks

Record this week: 1-1-0

Points: 53

Upcoming games: Vancouver Canucks (2/16), Calgary Flames (2/17), Florida Panthers (2/19)

Injuries: Ondrej Kase (day-to-day, head), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness)

The Ducks had a rough week with just one win against the Buffalo Sabres. They were involved in an extremely scary moment when playing the St Louis Blues when Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac incident. The Ducks and Blues will need to play a makeup game later in the season, although it likely won’t make much of a difference for the Ducks’ season.

Los Angeles Kings

Record this week: 1-2-0

Points: 45

Upcoming games: Colorado Avalanche (2/15), Winnipeg Jets (2/18), Florida Panthers (2/20)

Injuries: None

The Kings have the second-fewest points in the NHL so of course, they will be playing in an outdoor game this weekend against the Avalanche. Although fittingly enough their jerseys for the game will be extremely terrible.