The Arizona Coyotes have had a rough week, although with a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night they are still deep in the playoff race. The rest of the division isn’t going to sit quietly and let them accumulate points, and after being so tight a few weeks back, teams are starting to separate themselves.
Record this week: 3-0-0
Injuries: Alex Tuch (ankle), Tomas Nosek (day-to-day, undisclosed), Mark Stone (lower body)
The Golden Knights have a good lead on the Pacific Division and have won their last eight games. Robin Lehner recently made his Vegas debut in a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, and with Marc-Andre Fleury they have a great tandem moving forward. The only thing that Vegas has to be worried about is Mark Stone is out with no timetable for return.
Record this week: 2-1-1
Injuries: Kailer Yamamoto (day-to-day, ankle), Mike Green (knee), Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), James Neal (foot), Joakim Nygard (hand)
The Oilers have Connor McDavid back again and it should help them down the stretch. In their last game against the Winnipeg Jets, Leon Draisaitl became the first player to hit 100 points this season with 2 goals and 1 assist.
Record this week: 1-2-0
Upcoming games: Columbus Blue Jackets (3/1), Arizona Coyotes (3/4), Colorado Avalanche (3/6)
Injuries: Brock Boeser (ribs), Michael Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee), Jacob Markstrom (knee)
The Coyotes/Canucks games will be big for the rest of the season, and they may be key for the Coyotes making the playoffs. Luckily for the Coyotes, the Canucks haven’t been doing great, with their one win this past week coming against the Montreal Canadiens. The Canucks were part of a feel-good story when Bobby Ryan notched a hat trick in the Senators 5-2 win over Vancouver.
Record this week: 2-1-1
Upcoming games: Florida Panthers (3/1), Columbus Blue Jackets (3/4), Arizona Coyotes (3/6)
Injuries: Travis Hamonic (shoulder), Juuso Valimaki (knee)
The Flames week started off good with wins against the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins and got progressively worse as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in regulation. They made a few moves at the deadline, possibly the biggest of which was the acquisition of Erik Gustafsson from the Chicago Blackhawks. Gustafsson is an offensive defenseman, and he already has two points in his first three games.
Record this week: 2-0-1
Upcoming games: New Jersey Devils (3/1), Chicago Blackhawks (3/3), Colorado Avalanche (3/4), Toronto Maple Leafs (3/6)
Injuries: Hampus Lindholm (day-to-day, upper body), Cam Fowler (day-to-day, lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness)
The Ducks had a good week, especially for a team at the bottom of the standings. They may be embracing the spoiler role, although even though they Oilers they did so in overtime so Edmonton still got a point. They made a lot of trades at the deadline, however, the ratings for those trades aren’t that great.
Record this week: 2-2-0
Upcoming games: Toronto Maple Leafs (3/3), Minnesota Wild (3/5), Ottawa Senators (3/7)
Injuries: Melker Karlsson (day-to-day, foot), Erik Karlsson (thumb), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (upper body)
Yesterday, the Sharks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0. There is something so hockey about a team at the bottom of standings dominating a team much higher than them in the standings and completing stopping one of the best offenses in the league. At the deadline they sent Patrick Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins, giving the veteran a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
Los Angeles Kings
Record this week: 2-1-0
Upcoming games: Vegas Golden Knights (3/1), Toronto Maple Leafs (3/5), Minnesota Wild (3/7)
Injuries: Jeff Carter (day-to-day, lower body)
The Kings were another bad team that managed to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins this past week, although the 2-1 score is less impressive than the Sharks. After a road game against the Golden Knights, they will be playing their next nine games at home, which would a huge advantage if the Kings were competitive this season.