Week 19 Pacific Division Power Rankings
8. Anaheim Ducks (17-33-6)
Last week: 8
Anaheim’s losing streak is up to four games after a 7-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres and a 6-3 loss to the LA Kings. The Ducks allowed six or more goals in all four of those games.
After not scoring a goal in his first 47 games of the season, Kevin Shattenkirk found the back of the net in back-to-back games last week.
Kevin Shattenkirk jumps into the rush and wires home his first goal of the year, Ducks within 1!#FlyTogether pic.twitter.com/sM5D4fmgJK
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) February 16, 2023
This week: @ FLA, @ TB, @ WSH, @ CAR
7. San Jose Sharks (17-29-11)
Last week: 7
It was also a tough week for the Sharks, who lost all three games they played in regulation and scored a grand total of four goals in them.
Alexander Barabanov scored two of those goals, giving him nine points (5G, 4A) over his last seven games.
Barabanov scores the equalizer 👏 pic.twitter.com/guq4AmDiwz
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) February 19, 2023
This week: VS SEA, VS NSH, VS CHI
6. Vancouver Canucks (22-30-4)
Last week: 6
A 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday was just the Canucks’ second in their last seven games. The coaching change from Bruce Boudreau to Rick Tocchet has done little to reverse this team’s fortunes so far.
Andrei Kuzmenko continues to be a bright spot of another miserable season in Vancouver. He scored the 24th goal and 48th point of his first NHL season against the Flyers.
Andrei Kuzmenko deposits Schenn's pass into the yawning cage, restoring Vancouver's lead in the 2nd!#Canucks pic.twitter.com/vHBsYIAiyi
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) February 19, 2023
This week: @ NSH, @ STL, VS BOS
5. Calgary Flames (26-19-11)
Last week: 5
For the second straight week, the Flames went 1-1-1. They just can’t seem to get things clicking this season, and now Jonathan Huberdeau’s chronically online agent seems to have directed one of his recent poop tweets at Darryl Sutter.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Also, negativity sucks the joy right out of players. cc: @NHLFlames
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) February 17, 2023
Perhaps Allan Walsh felt the need to try to defend his client’s disappointing first season in Calgary. Huberdeau has just 38 points (10G, 28A) in 53 games, a steep drop from the 115 he put up with the Florida Panthers last year.
The way this season has gone for Huberdeau, he and Walsh have to be feeling pretty glad he signed that eight-year, $84-million contract extension before the season. How the Flames are feeling about that extension these days might be a different story.
Huberdeau did pick up two assists in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers, though, including a helper on Mikael Backlund’s OT winner.
Jonathan Huberdeau (@JonnyHuby11) from the point + Mikael Backlund with the tip!
The @NHLFlames secure the extra point with an @Energizer OT winner. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/l4LyOr4WMx
— NHL (@NHL) February 19, 2023
This week: VS PHI, @ ARI, @ VGK, @ COL
4. Edmonton Oilers (30-19-8)
Last week: 1
For the second straight week, we’re dropping a team from first to fourth. This time it’s the Oilers, who dropped all three games they played last week (albeit picked up three points as they all came in overtime or a shootout) and are now winless in four straight. They’ve also blown 3-0 leads in two straight games.
With three goals and three assists over the last three games, Ryan-Nugent Hopkins‘ career year is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s tied his career high of 69 points in just 57 games, and his 27 goals are one back of his career high.
connor mcdavid has his 100th point in his 56th game on this ryan nugent-hopkins goal. pic.twitter.com/E5SCyoefoR
— zach (@zjlaing) February 18, 2023
This week: VS PHI, @ PIT, @ CBJ
3. Seattle Kraken (32-18-6)
Last week: 4
The Kraken picked up five of six possible points last week, bouncing back from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets with a 6-2 win over the Flyers and a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Yanni Gourde snapped a 14-game goal drought and seven-game point drought with two goals and an assist in the win over Philadelphia.
Yanni Gourde blasts Schwartz's centering pass into the net for a power play goal, Seattle leads by 5!#SeaKraken pic.twitter.com/kpq6tnosQU
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) February 17, 2023
This week: @ SJ, VS BOS, VS TOR
2. LA Kings (32-18-7)
Last week: 3
So, yeah, they blew a 5-1 lead to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. But they salvaged the two points with a shootout victory and have now won four in a row. All’s well that ends well!
Kevin Fiala has put up back-to-back three-point games and is up to 61 points (21G, 40A) in 57 games on the season. He’s got an 11-point lead on Anže Kopitar, who, thanks to the addition of Fiala this year, is in real danger of not leading the Kings in scoring for just the second time since the 2007-08 season.
WELCOME TO THE KEVIN FIALA SHOW 🤑 pic.twitter.com/SvqXZdrBgY
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 19, 2023
This week: @ MIN, @ NJ, @ NYI, @ NYR
1. Vegas Golden Knights (34-18-4)
Last week: 2
The Golden Knights have returned to the top spot of our rankings after a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday extended their winning streak to five games.
Shea Theodore’s gotten hot for Vegas lately. He had a goal and two assists in the win over the Lightning and has six points over his last three games.
Shea Theodore sneaks…one…in 🚨🚨🚨
The @GoldenKnights have the lead! 3-2 pic.twitter.com/MtIly4wEAA
— AT&T SportsNet™ | RM West (@ATTSportsNetRMW) February 19, 2023
This week: @ CHI, VS CGY, VS DAL