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8. Anaheim Ducks (17-31-6)

Last week: 8

A 1-2-1 week for the Ducks coming out of the break. The lone win was a 3-2 overtime decision in the Connor Bedard Bowl against the Chicago Blackhawks, before losing 6-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and 7-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Jayson Megna scored his first NHL goal since the 2016-17 season in the win over Chicago.

This week: VS BUF, VS LA

7. San Jose Sharks (17-26-11)

Last week: 7

The Sharks had a surprisingly good road trip last week. They erased a 3-1 deficit to the Tampa Bay Lightning, coming back to win 4-3 in overtime, and beat the Washington Capitals 4-1, the same score they lost to the Florida Panthers by in a 2-1-0 trip.

Timo Meier may or may not be in his final days as a Shark. If he is, he’s put together a great final season in San Jose. Meier scored two goals and an assist against Tampa Bay, including the OT winner for his 30th goal of the season.

This week: VS PIT, @ VGK, VS BUF

6. Vancouver Canucks (21-28-4)

Last week: 6

The Canucks went 1-2-1 on four-game road trip, but that one win came against the New York Islanders and former Canucks captain Bo Horvat. Horvat scored against his old team, but so did Anthony Beauvillier, who was part of the package that went back to Vancouver in the Horvat trade.

This week: VS DET, VS NYR, VS PHI

5. Calgary Flames (25-18-10)

Last week: 5

The Flames are 1-1-1 so far on a road trip that wraps up against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. It’s been an interesting trip. They lost a wild game to the New York Rangers, 5-4 in overtime, then dropped a 2-1 decision to the Detroit Red Wings before smoking the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.

Oh, and Rasmus Andersson got hit by a car. Thankfully it sounds like he’ll be alright.

In better news, Jakob Pelletier scored his first NHL goal in Sunday’s rout of the Sabres.

This week: @ OTT, VS DET, VS NYR

4. Seattle Kraken (30-18-5)

Last week: 1

The top four teams in the Pacific are bundled very close together right now. So close that a 1-3-0 road trip coming out of the break drops Seattle from the top of that group to the bottom of it.

The Kraken managed to salvage one game on that trip with Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jaden Schwartz scored a pair of goals in the win, which matched his total from the previous 20 games.

This week: @ WPG, VS PHI, VS DET

3. LA Kings (29-18-7)

Last week: 3

The LA Kings honored Dustin Brown with a 6-0 demolition of the Penguins on Saturday.

Adrian Kempe seemed determined to honor Brown by scoring 23 goals on the night, but had to settle for four.

The big question in LA right now: Is Jakob Chychrun coming?

This week: VS BUF, @ ANA, VS ARI

2. Vegas Golden Knights (32-18-4)

Last week: 4

A Golden Knights team that seemed to be in shambles heading into the all-star break came out of it looking like a completely different team. They’ve won three games in a row by a combined score of 17-4.

Jack Eichel scored a goal and added an assist in each of the last two games. Vegas desperately needs him to get going. He hadn’t scored in the previous nine games and put up just one assist in that stretch.

This week: VS SJ, VS TB

1. Edmonton Oilers (30-19-5)

Last week: 2

It feels weird putting the Oilers at the top after a 6-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, but that was Edmonton’s first regulation loss in over a month after a 9-0-2 stretch.

Jesse Puljujarvi has for a while now seemed like someone in need of a change of scenery. He scored just his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Senators.

This week: VS DET, VS NYR, @ COL

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