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8. Anaheim Ducks (19-34-7)

Last week: 8

The Ducks went 2-1-1 on a tough Eastern Conference road trip, capped off with John Gibson stealing a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in a game in which Anaheim was outshot 53-16.

Could Troy Terry finally be heating up after a lengthy dry spell? He’s scored in Anaheim’s last two games after netting just one goal in the previous 20.

This week: VS CHI, VS WSH, VS MTL

7. San Jose Sharks (18-30-12)

Last week: 7

The Sharks started the week with a 4-0 win over the Seattle Kraken, but followed it with a 6-2 loss to the Nashville Predators and a 4-3 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. They’re 1-4-1 over their last six.

And an already very bad team just got worse. San Jose shipped its leading goal scorer, Timo Meier, off to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Now, we wait and see whether Erik Karlsson’s historically great season has been good enough to move his $11.5 million cap hit through the 2026-27 season.

This week: VS MTL, VS STL, VS WSH

6. Vancouver Canucks (23-31-5)

Last week: 6

The Canucks picked up three points on a two-game road trip, losing 5-4 in a shootout to the Predators and beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in overtime, before returning home and losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins.

Before getting held off the scoresheet in the loss to the Bruins, Elias Pettersson had been on an absolute heater, putting up 11 points (3 G, 8 A) over the previous four games.

This week: @ DAL, VS MIN, VS TOR

5. Calgary Flames (27-21-12)

Last week: 5

Calgary went 1-2-1 last week and is 3-4-3 over its last 10 games.

Mikael Backlund has been doing all he can to try to drag this uninspiring Flames team to the playoffs. Before it was snapped in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Backlund was on a four-game goal streak in which he had seven points.

This week: VS BOS, VS TOR, VS MIN

4. Seattle Kraken (32-21-6)

Last week: 3

The Kraken followed up a 4-0 loss to the Sharks with a 6-5 loss to the Bruins and a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They’re 3-6-1 over their last 10 games and are suddenly just four points ahead of the Flames for the second Wild Card in the Western Conference.

After a 10-game point drought, Matty Beniers has put up six (2 G, 4 A) over the last five games.

This week: @ STL, @ DET, @ CBJ, @ COL

3. LA Kings (33-20-8)

Last week: 2

It hasn’t been a great road trip for the LA Kings. They’re 1-2-1 on it with one game left against the Winnipeg Jets.

Before being held off the scoresheet in the last two games, Anže Kopitar had scored in four straight games, recording the 12th 20-goal season of his career in the process.

This week: @ WPG, VS MTL, VS STL

2. Edmonton Oilers (32-20-8)

Last week: 4

They beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 and crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2, but then dropped a 6-5 game to the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Connor McDavid continues to make the NHL look too easy for him, scoring six goals and adding five assists in three games last week.

This week: VS BOS, VS TOR, VS WPG, @ WPG

1. Vegas Golden Knights (35-18-6)

Last week: 1

All three of the Golden Knights’ games last week went to overtime. They came away with shootout losses to the Blackhawks and Dallas Stars and an overtime win over the Flames.

Jack Eichel looks like he’s getting hot for the stretch run. He scored in all three games last week.

This week: @ COL, VS CAR, VS NJ, VS MTL

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