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Pacific Division Pileup: February 7, 2020

With the regular season ending rapidly we are going to begin a weekly look at the Arizona Coyotes’ division opponents.

NHL: FEB 01 Oilers at Flames Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Pacific Division is insanely tight right now. With the playoffs rapidly approaching the standings are going to be more important so we are going to start looking at the rest of the teams in the Arizona Coyotes’ division

Vancouver Canucks

Record this week: 1-2-1

Points: 65

Upcoming games: Calgary Flames (2/8), Nashville Predators (2/10), Chicago Blackhawks (2/12)

Injuries: Elias Pettersson (day-to-day, lower body), Oscar Fantenberg (day-to-day, upper body), Tyler Motte (shoulder), Josh Leivo (knee), Michael Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)

After taking the lead of the Pacific the Canuckes had a good chance to create some distance, but they, fortunately, were unable to capitalize. Their one win came during overtime, and they gave up four goals to both the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild. They are looking to extend goalie Jacob Markstrom, with Darcy Kuemper as one of the comparatives.

Vegas Golden Knights

Record this week: 2-1-0

Points: 63

Upcoming games: Carolina Hurricanes (2/8), Minnesota Wild (2/11), St Louis Blues (2/13)

Injuries: William Karlsson (day-to-day, upper body), Cody Glass (day-to-day, knee)

The Golden Knights had a good week, including a 7-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night where Mark Stone had five points. The Vegas organization took a page out of the Coyotes book recently by purchasing their AHL team, the San Antonio Rampage, and move them to Nevada.

Edmonton Oilers

Record this week: 1-2-0

Points: 62

Upcoming games: Nashville Predators (2/8), Chicago Blackhawks (2/11), Tampa Bay Lightning (2/13)

Injuries: James Neal (day-to-day, foot), Joakim Nygard (hand), Kris Russell (concussion)

The Oilers had a pretty good week before losing to the Coyotes. The Battle of Alberta has reemerged into the zeitgeist, and it should keep the Oilers’ energy high while competing for a playoff spot. They have lost their last two games which could potentially be the start of a lengthy losing streak.

Calgary Flames

Record this week: 0-3-0

Points: 60

Upcoming games: Vancouver Canucks (2/8), San Jose Sharks (2/10), Los Angeles Kings (2/12), Anaheim Ducks (2/13)

Injuries: Oliver Kylington (day-to-day, illness), Mark Giordano (hamstring), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

The Flames have not had a good week. Between the brawl that was the Battle of Alberta to last night’s loss to the Nashville Predators, things have been a bit rough for Calgary. Matchsticks and Gasoline did a great breakdown of interim-coach Geoff Ward, and the results are basically “Geoff Ward has done an alright job (not bad, but definitely not great).

San Jose Sharks

Record this week: 2-1-0

Points: 52

Upcoming games: Calgary Flames (2/10)

Injuries: Joel Kellman (lower body), Tomas Hertl (knee), Logan Couture (ankle), Dalton Prout (upper body)

The Sharks are either mounting a comeback or are taking on the role of spoilers. They have wins against the Flames and the Oilers Longtime San Jose Captain Joe Thorton made history becoming the 14th NHL player to hit 1,500 points in the Sharks 3-1 win over the Flames.

Anaheim Ducks

Record this week: 2-0-1

Points: 50

Upcoming games: Toronto Maple Leafs (today), Buffalo Sabres (2/9), St Louis Blues (2/11), Calgary Flames (2/13)

Injuries: Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness)

The Ducks had a good week, although if you dig deeper you can see reasons for concerns. They had a regulation win against the lowly Los Angeles Kings, and the Ottawa Senators took them to the shutout. One good week may be enough to turn fans around, and according to our SBNation FanPulse survey fans aren’t too confident in the Ducks.

Los Angeles Kings

Record this week: 0-3-0

Points: 43

Upcoming games: New Jersey Devils (2/8), New York Rangers (2/9), Calgary Flames (2/12)

Injuries: None

The Kings are probably going to spending the rest of the season at the bottom of these posts for the rest of the season. They made a decent-sized trade sending goaltender Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford to the Maples Leafs for forward Trevor Moore, a third-round pick in 2020, and a conditional third-round pick in 2021.