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8. Anaheim Ducks (13-29-5)

Last week: 8

The Ducks are 1-2-1 on a six-game road trip so far. They won 5-3 over the only team below them in the standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and also picked up a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Trevor Zegras has stayed hot on this trip. He’s put up three goals and two assists over the last two games and has 14 points (6G-8A) in the last 12.

This week: @ ARI, @ COL, VS ARI

7. San Jose Sharks (14-25-9)

Last week: 7

The Sharks also went 1-2-1 last week. That lone win was a 5-3 victory over the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars on Wednesday in which they erased a 3-0 deficit, which was followed by a 5-3 loss to the league-worst Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Erik Karlsson had a goal and three assists in that comeback win over Dallas and is up to 62 points (15-G-47A) in 48 games. He’s putting together one of the all-time great seasons by a defenseman, not that it’s going to be enough to get the Sharks anywhere near a playoff spot.

This week: @ BOS, @ DET, @ CAR, @ PIT

6. Vancouver Canucks (18-25-3)

Last week: 6

A 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday was the Canucks’ seventh loss in their last eight games. It also finally brought to an end their needlessly drawn-out humiliation of Bruce Boudreau. As they’d been indicating they were planning to do for weeks, if not months, Vancouver officially dismissed Boudreau on Sunday and hired Rick Tocchet as head coach.

Tocchet’s got his work cut out for him trying to turn around a team that seems to be in a constant state of disarray that dates back to long before Boudreau’s time behind the bench. Meanwhile, now that they’ve made their coaching change, Vancouver’s front office can begin to focus on the trade deadline. Do they sell high on Andrei Kuzmenko, the 26-year-old winger who’s managed 41 points in 45 games so far in his first NHL season, in part thanks to an insane 24.7% shooting percentage?

This week: VS CHI, @ SEA, VS CBJ

5. Calgary Flames (22-16-9)

Last week: 5

The Flames took two out of three games last week, beating the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning while losing to the Colorado Avalanche.

With 33 points (7G-26A) through 47 games, Rasmus Andersson is on pace to break the career-high 50 points he set last year and has already set a new career high in goals.

This week: VS CBJ, VS CHI, @ SEA

4. LA Kings (26-17-6)

Last week: 3

A three-game losing streak bumps the LA Kings down a spot this week, though they snapped it with Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Kings had an unlikely hero on Sunday. Coming into the game with no goals and just one assist over his past 14 games, Jaret-Anderson Dolan scored both goals in the win in Chicago.

This week: @ PHI, @ FLA, @ TB

3. Vegas Golden Knights (29-17-2)

Last week: 2

The Golden Knights are dropping down another spot this week. A 4-0 loss to the Stars and a 3-2 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings ran their losing streak to three games before a 6-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, but they followed that with a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

In his 43rd game of the season, Alec Martinez finally scored his first goal in the win over Washington. He also added an assist and finished the game +5.

This week: @ NJ, @ NYR, @ NYI

2. Edmonton Oilers (27-18-3)

Last week: 4

The Oilers went 3-0-0 last week to run their winning streak up to six games.

I’d say Connor McDavid’s been red hot with 11 points (5G-6A) in the course of the six-game winning streak, but that’s pretty much just a regular six-game stretch for him. The freak’s already scored 40 goals in just 48 games, the fastest anyone’s reached the 40-goal mark since Pavel Bure in the 1999-2000 season.

This week: VS CBJ, VS CHI

1. Seattle Kraken (27-14-5)

Last week: 1

The Kraken’s eight-game winning streak came to an end with losses to the Lightning and Oilers, but they picked up three of four points to end the week, beating the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime before losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Avalanche.

Ryan Donato scored twice in the win over New Jersey and also scored Seattle’s only goal against Colorado. With 11 goals through 39 games, he’s on pace to break the career-high 16 he set last year. The Kraken feel like a whole team of Ryan Donatos. They don’t have any superstars, but everyone contributes.

This week: VS VAN, VS CGY, VS CBJ

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