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Pacific Division Pileup: March 8, 2020

The Coyotes may have stumbled a bit, but the Pacific Division remains just as tight.

New York Rangers v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Arizona Coyotes didn’t do themselves any favors this past week. A loss to the Calgary Flames is guaranteed to end their season, but things continue to move in the Pacific Division. The top teams are starting to separate themselves,

Edmonton Oilers

Record this week: 3-1-0

Points: 82

Upcoming games: Vegas Golden Knights (3/9), Winnipeg Jets (3/11), New York Islanders (3/13)

Injuries: Mike Green (knee), Joakim Nygard (hand)

The Oilers had a good week, with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. They did the Coyotes a big favor beating the Nashville Predators and could do that again this week by beating the Winnipeg Jets. Last week they re-signed former-Coyote Josh Archibald to a two-year deal.

Vegas Golden Knights

Record this week: 1-2-0

Points: 82

Upcoming games: Calgary Flames (3/8), Edmonton Oilers (3/9), Minnesota Wild (3/12)

Injuries: Mark Stone (lower body), Alex Tuch (day-to-day, ankle)

The Golden Knights stalled a little last week with losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets. Coyotes fans should be rooting for the Golden Knights this week though, as they can keep the Coyotes in the playoff race if they can beat the Flames and Wild. Goaltender Robin Lehner just got his new helmet and it looks great.

Calgary Flames

Record this week: 3-0-0

Points: 79

Upcoming games: Vegas Golden Knights (3/8), New York Islanders (3/12), Winnipeg Jets (3/14)

Injuries: Travis Hamonic (shoulder), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

Calgary really hurt the Coyotes’ playoff chances this past Friday with the 3-2 win, but they are going to have a tough week ahead of them with games against teams higher in the standings. Calgary’s defense has been playing well, which will make things difficult for the Desert Dogs moving forward.

Vancouver Canucks

Record this week: 1-2-0

Points: 76

Upcoming games: Columbus Blue Jackets (3/8), New York Islanders (3/12), Colorado Avalanche (3/13)

Injuries: Jay Beagle (day-to-day, lower body), Jacob Markstrom (knee), Brock Boeser (ribs), Michael Ferland (concussion), Josh Leivo (knee)

The Canucks have started to slip a little, but they are still ahead of the Coyotes. In a quirk of the schedule, they will be playing the same three teams they did last week, with the added wrinkle of the New York Islanders. They still have a young core, so if they miss the playoffs expect them to stay competitive for the near future.

Anaheim Ducks

Record this week: 2-2-0

Points: 64

Upcoming games: Minnesota Wild (3/8), Ottawa Senators (3/10), St. Louis Blues (3/11), Los Angeles Kings (3/14)

Injuries: John Gibson (day-to-day, ribs), Josh Manson (day-to-day, upper body), Hampus Lindholm (upper body), Cam Fowler (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness)

The Ducks are far out of the playoff race but had some impressive wins against the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. Hopefully, they can continue their two-game win streak tonight against the Wild to help the Coyotes stay in the race.

San Jose Sharks

Record this week: 1-1-1

Points: 63

Upcoming games: Colorado Avalanche (3/8), Chicago Blackhawks (3/11), St. Louis Blues (3/13), Dallas Stars (3/14)

Injuries: Mario Ferraro (day-to-day, lower body), Jacob Middleton (knee), Erik Karlsson (thumb), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (upper body)

The Sharks have struggled this season, even before they lost some of their best players to injuries. They also had an impressive win against the Maple Leafs last week, although they could have done the Coyotes a favor if they had saved that for the Minnesota Wild. In lighter news, their new assistant coach has a nice bolo tie.

Los Angeles Kings

Record this week: 3-0-0

Points: 60

Upcoming games: Colorado Avalanche (3/9), Ottawa Senators (3/11), Anaheim Ducks (3/14)

Injuries: Jeff Carter (lower body)

The Los Angeles Kings have taken the role of spoilers to the next level. Not that it matters but they have won their last five games, including an impressive 7-3 win on Saturday against the Wild. The Coyotes play the Kings later this month, and hopefully, they have stopped winning by then.

Editors Note: This post was originally scheduled yesterday but do to technical issues it did not go live.