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8. San Jose Sharks (18-33-12)

Last week: 7

Congratulations (?) to the Sharks for finally overtaking the Anaheim Ducks for last place, both in the Pacific Division standings and in our power rankings. Their 18 wins are the fewest in the league.

San Jose was outscored 17-7 over the course of an 0-3-0 week. They’re 1-7-1 over their last seven games.

You wonder if Tomáš Hertl watched Timo Meier get to join a contender and wondered what he was thinking when he signed his eight-year extension with the Sharks last season.

This week: @ WPG, @ COL, @ STL, VS MIN

7. Anaheim Ducks (21-34-8)

Last week: 8

The Ducks finally move out of the basement of our rankings on the heels of a 4-0-1 stretch.

Maybe Jakob Silfverberg wanted to stay in Anaheim. He didn’t play nearly well enough to generate any trade interest, recording just 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in the first 57 games of the season, but now he’s scored four goals in the last five games.

This week: @ SEA, @ VAN, @ CGY, VS NSH

6. Vancouver Canucks (25-32-5)

Last week: 6

The Canucks won two of three games last week, beginning it with a 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars and finishing it with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anthony Beauvillier has been making the most of his fresh start in Vancouver so far. He had two goals and an assist in the overtime win in Dallas, giving him 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in 13 games as a Canuck so far.

This week: VS NSH, VS ANA, VS OTT

5. Calgary Flames (27-23-13)

Last week: 5

If outshooting the Boston Bruins 57-20 last week only to lose 4-3 in overtime doesn’t sum up this Flames season perfectly, then I’m not quite sure what does.

Perhaps this Blake Coleman quote?

Things are officially getting dire in Calgary. They’re 0-3-2 over their last five games and are now seven points out of a playoff spot with just 19 games left to play.

This week: @ DAL, @ MIN, VS ANA, VS OTT

4. Edmonton Oilers (34-22-8)

Last week: 2

The Oilers split a pair of games with the Winnipeg Jets last week, beat the Maple Leafs 5-2, and lost 3-2 to the Bruins to go 2-2-0.

Zach Hyman’s career highs with Toronto were 21 goals and 41 points. He scored a goal and an assist against the Leafs last Wednesday and is up to 29 goals and 72 points in just 63 games for Edmonton this season.

This week: @ BUF, @ BOS, @ TOR

3. Seattle Kraken (36-21-6)

Last week: 4

The Kraken are moving up a spot after winning all four games they played last week.

Brandon Tanev scored his 13th goal of the season to tie things up late in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, putting him just one goal back of his career high.

This week: VS ANA, VS OTT, VS DAL

2. LA Kings (36-20-8)

Last week: 3

Jonathan Quick’s departure made for an emotional week for the LA Kings and their fans. Winning will solve any and all hard feelings, though, and the Kings won all three games they played last week.

The trade breaking shortly after it overshadowed Anže Kopitar’s four-goal night in last Tuesday’s 6-5 shootout win over the Jets. Kopitar also scored in Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens and has nine goals over his last nine games. His 25 goals so far this season are his most since scoring 35 in 2017-18.

This week: VS WSH, @ COL, VS NSH

1. Vegas Golden Knights (38-19-6)

Last week: 1

The Golden Knights bounced back from a 3-0 loss to the Avalanche last Monday by winning their final three games of the week.

Quick made his debut for Vegas in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Montreal, making 25 saves.

This week: @ FLA, @ TB, @ CAR, @ STL

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