The Arizona Coyotes are the underdog hero of the NHL. As such they frequently have to deal with their villainous rivals. And as Marvel week continues we are going to look at the division rivals and their cinematic counterparts.
Anaheim Ducks - Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)
The Ducks are probably the least interesting team in the Pacific Division, much like Ronan is the least interesting part of Guardians of the Galaxy. They are not interestingly bad like the Sharks, they aren’t years removed from a championship like the Kings, and they aren’t on the way up like the Flames or Oilers. Much like Ronan’s appearance in Captain Marvel, you see them and you remember they exist, only to forget about them immediately after they are out of sight.
Calgary Flames - Ghost (Ant-Man and the Wasp)
If you told me that some of the high-skilled players of the Calgary Flames could move through walls, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. The Flames aren’t the most talented team in the division, but they may be one of the most skilled.
Edmonton Oilers - Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)
After years of peace, a powerful enemy from the past has emerged as a powerful foe for our hero. The Oilers were one of the best teams in the NHL, but that was a very long time ago. But like Hela, they have returned as a powerful foe and are shaking up the world as we know it.
Los Angeles Kings - Iron Monger (Iron Man)
Iron Man is probably my favorite Marvel movie, due in no small part to the inclusion of Jeff Bridges as the villain Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger. In the past, Stane was seen as a good guy, much like the Kings are for helping to grow hockey in nontraditional markets by trading for Wayne Gretzky. And while for a while they were extremely successful, now they are just kinda old and not really thought about.
San Jose Sharks - Mandarin (Iron Man 3)
When the San Jose Sharks acquired Erik Karlsson the hype was massive. The Sharks had been one of the best teams in the division, and they just acquired one of the best defensemen in the world to compliment a solid lineup. But things aren’t always what they appear, and they hype proved to be just that.
Vancouver Canucks - Killmonger (Black Panther)
Young and skilled, the Canucks have come out of nowhere and is currently in a quest to rise to the top of the Division. Vancouver isn’t the best team in the Pacific Division, but they are on the way up and are positively regarded by the viewing public.
Vegas Golden Knights - Kingpin (Daredevil)
Much like Daredevil, no one was expecting the Golden Knights to be as good as they were in their first season. Kingpin is a relatively new villain but gained attention for probably being one of the best villains introduced into the MCU. Similar to the Golden Knights, he is a powerhouse who is willing to spend money to get what he wants, although the Golden Knights will likely have more staying power.