Jack Eichel has his first signature moment as a Golden Knight, an up and down week for the LA Kings, and the Canucks are making a push.
8. Seattle Kraken (17-36-5)
Last week: 8
Playoff odds: 0%
It’s been a few weeks since we got to talk about a Kraken win. Seattle snapped a seven-game winless skid with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators last Wednesday.
Colin Blackwell scored a shorthanded goal against his former team that broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and held up as the difference.
a shorty for our short king! 👑 pic.twitter.com/aFcfexQKET
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) March 3, 2022
They weren’t able to build off of a rare victory, though. They’ve started off a five-game road trip with losses to the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.
This week: @ TOR, @ OTT, @ MTL
7. San Jose Sharks (24-25-7)
Last week: 7
Playoff odds: 0.8%
The Sharks lost all three games they played last week, picking up just a lone point in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. That came on the heels of an 8-0 thrashing they took at home from the Predators on Saturday.
On their way to missing the playoffs for a third straight year, San Jose could be an interesting team to watch at the trade deadline. However, they have a lot of veteran players on big contracts that could make a large teardown difficult to execute.
Among them is captain Logan Couture, who’s signed through 2026-27 at an $8-million cap hit and has a modified no-trade clause, though there could be some interest if he were willing to move. He’s one goal shy of the ninth 20-goal season of his career after scoring in Anaheim on Sunday.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 7, 2022
This week: @ LA, VS LA
6. Anaheim Ducks (27-22-9)
Last week: 6
Playoff odds: 16.3%
The Ducks won two of their three games last week to help keep themselves relevant in the playoff race. Trevor Zegras had himself another moment on Tuesday, scoring a power-play goal in the final minute to give Anaheim a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
TREVOR ZEGRAS WITH 21 SECONDS LEFT! pic.twitter.com/mvuzHGgHN8
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 2, 2022
This week: @ CHI, @ NSH, @ NJ, @ NYI
5. Vancouver Canucks (28-23-6)
Last week: 5
Playoff odds: 25.1%
The week didn’t start well for the Canucks, who got spanked 7-2 by the New Jersey Devils in the Hughes Bowl on Monday. They bounced back with a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders and a 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to wrap up their road trip, though, giving them five wins in their last six games.
J.T. Miller’s been a big part of Vancouver’s recent surge. He’s riding a nine-game point streak in which he’s racked up 17 (6-11-17). With another year left on his contract and the Canucks suddenly within shouting distance of a playoff spot again, it seems like it would take an overwhelming trade offer to get him at this point.
MAN IS HOT 🔥 pic.twitter.com/6G4wPT9OY3
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 6, 2022
This week: VS MTL, VS WSH, VS TB
4. Edmonton Oilers (30-22-4)
Last week: 4
Playoff odds: 68.1%
We went easy on the Oilers in our last rankings. They were coming off a 1-2-0 week, sure, but they had faced three of the best teams in the league.
They actually picked up one more point this past week, going 1-1-1. But it feels worse given the competition they faced this time around. After a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton capped a 2-2-1 road trip with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, then went home and got dropped 5-2 by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. They’ve fallen out of a playoff spot and have a much tougher week coming up here.
At least the Evander Kane experiment is still going pretty well. He scored twice in Thursday’s loss to Chicago, including the tying goal in the final minute that allowed the Oilers to at least get a point. He’s up to 14 points (8-6-14) in 17 games with no concerning reports about his behavior yet.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 4, 2022
This week: @ CGY, VS WSH, VS TB
3. Vegas Golden Knights (32-21-4)
Last week: 3
Playoff odds: 82.3%
Vegas is still hanging on to a Pacific Division playoff spot, righting the ship a bit with a 3-1-0 week.
Jack Eichel had his first big-time moment as a Golden Knight on Sunday. He scored with 5.2 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Knights a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
JACK EICHEL FOR THE WIN! 🃏 pic.twitter.com/NjhjqohmsA
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 7, 2022
You can bet Eichel will be looking to deliver another moment when he plays his first game back in Buffalo on Thursday.
This week: @ PHI, @ BUF, @ PIT, @ CBJ
2. LA Kings (31-19-7)
This week: 2
Playoff odds: 96%
The past week was a bit of a mixed bag for the LA Kings. It couldn’t have started much worse, getting stomped 7-0 by the Bruins on Monday. However, after beginning their road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars, they rallied for a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, then a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
The Kings were also hit with some injures to their forward group. Brendan Lemieux left the Columbus game with a lower-body injury in the first period. He didn’t return and didn’t play in Buffalo. Then, it was Viktor Arvidsson leaving in the third period of Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury of his own after an awkward fall.
— Eric (@kingsgifs2) March 6, 2022
He also didn’t return. Both players are considered day-to-day as of now.
Losing Arvidsson for any extended period would be a brutal blow for the LA Kings. His line with Phillip Danault and Trevor Moore has been so good and he played a huge role in the win in Columbus, tying the game up with under four minutes to go in the third period, then completing a hat trick by scoring the OT winner.
— NHL (@NHL) March 5, 2022
This week: @ BOS, VS SJ, @ SJ, VS FLA
1. Calgary Flames (33-14-7)
Last week: 1
Playoff odds: 99.9%
Calgary went 2-0-1 last week, only missing out on a point in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Montreal that denied them what would have been a franchise-record 12th straight home win. They bounced back with a huge win on Saturday, though, going to Denver and coming away with a 4-3 OT win over the league-leading Colorado Avalanche.
WHAT. A. GAME. 🔥
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 6, 2022
The Flames are 13-1-1 over their last 15 games. If you still aren’t taking them seriously as a contender, you should probably start doing that. The Avalanche learned that on Saturday.
This week: VS EDM, VS WSH, VS TB, VS DET, @ COL