Week 22 Pacific Division Power Rankings
8. San Jose Sharks (19-36-12)
Last week: 8
San Jose has moved into serious contention for Connor Bedard, now ahead of only the Columbus Blue Jackets in the overall standings.
The Sharks started the week with a 3-2 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets, but were outscored by a total of 15-4 while losing each of their final three games of the week in regulation. That includes a 6-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche last Tuesday in which they were outshot 43-13.
Logan Couture is quietly putting together another solid season with 55 points (23 G, 32 A) in 67 games. He had four points in four games last week, including the OT winner against the Jets.
The Sharks complete the late-game comeback!🦈
Logan Couture scores the @SUBWAYCanada OT goal with the nifty backhand move! pic.twitter.com/NvtfFeVciO
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 7, 2023
This week: VS CBJ, VS SEA, VS NYI
7. Anaheim Ducks (22-35-10)
Last week: 7
The Ducks went 1-1-2 last week, playing spoiler with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
Overtime and shootout losses really have to suck when you’re tanking for a generational prospect, right? When you win, it’s nice to enjoy a win once in a while, even in a lost season. But you really want your losses to be in regulation. As it stands now, the Ducks would only have the fourth-best odds at Bedard at 9.5%.
John Gibson stopped 36 shots in the win over Calgary, becoming Anaheim’s all-time leader in saves in the process.
GIBBY WITH THE GLOVE!! #FlyTogether pic.twitter.com/4jtjJU9R97
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 11, 2023
This week: VS NYl, VS CBJ, VS VAN
6. Vancouver Canucks (28-32-5)
Last week: 6
One team that apparently wants no part of the Bedard sweepstakes is Vancouver. They’ve won four straight games and are 7-2-1 over their last 10.
J.T. Miller has been a big part of the Canucks’ recent success, putting up four goals and two assists over the course of the four-game winning streak, including the overtime winner in last Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Ducks.
Absolute LASER show from JT Miller in OT 🥵
GWG in career game 700! pic.twitter.com/Fcz8pBWhzQ
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) March 9, 2023
This week: VS DAL, @ ARI, @ LA, @ ANA
5. Calgary Flames (30-24-13)
Last week: 5
The Flames won three out of four games last week, but their margin for error at this point is too small to afford losses like the 3-1 defeat they suffered to the Ducks last Friday.
Elias Lindholm scored his 200th career goal in Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. After scoring 64 goals over the course of his first five NHL seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, he’s scored 136 in the five seasons he’s played since being traded to Calgary.
Tic-tac-toe with the finish from Elias Lindholm for his 200th career goal 😁 pic.twitter.com/adeJH3J22f
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 13, 2023
This week: @ ARI, @ VGK, VS DAL
4. Seattle Kraken (37-22-7)
Last week: 3
After a 5-2 win over the Ducks extended their winning streak to five games, the Kraken dropped a 5-4 game to the Senators before picking up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars.
Jared McCann has scored seven goals over his last seven games, and in doing so has put together the first 30-goal season in Kraken history. He’s up to 33 on the year now.
Just another day at the office for Jared McCann. 💼 pic.twitter.com/mFgvFRIux8
— NHL (@NHL) March 8, 2023
This week: VS DAL, @ SJ, VS EDM
3. Edmonton Oilers (36-23-8)
Last week: 4
It looked like it was going to be a great week for the Oilers. After a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, they went and defeated the Boston Bruins by the same score, handing a historically good Bruins team just their third regulation loss on home ice.
Then they had a 3-1 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period on Saturday before the wheels came off. The Maple Leafs scored four goals in a six-minute span, turning a two-goal Edmonton lead into a two-goal Toronto lead, with the Leafs going on to win 7-4.
Mattias Ekholm did score his first goal as an Oiler in the loss to the Leafs.
Mattias Ekholm gets his first with the @EdmontonOilers! 🚨
📺: @Sportsnet ➡️ https://t.co/uEVY6yXLpz #NHLonSN pic.twitter.com/3MO1ULClbD
— NHL (@NHL) March 12, 2023
This week: VS OTT, VS DAL, @ SEA
2. LA Kings (38-20-9)
Last week: 2
A 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals and a 5-2 win over the Avalanche extended the LA Kings’ winning streak to five games before it was snapped with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Adrian Kempe scored twice in the win over Colorado, and his team-leading goal tally is up to 32. He’s proven last year’s 35-goal breakout was no fluke.
Make that 31 for Juice 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/t1pbpWmOI6
— LA Kings (@LAKings) March 10, 2023
This week: VS NYI, VS CBJ, VS VAN
1. Vegas Golden Knights (41-20-6)
Last week: 1
After beginning their road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, the Golden Knights responded with three straight wins.
Alec Martinez was the unlikely overtime hero for Vegas in a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. He won the game with just his second goal of the season.
KNIGHTS WIN IT ⚔️
Alec Martinez (@amartinez_27) pokes home the @Energizer OT winner to put a bow on a wild one! pic.twitter.com/jtJHSTcrXO
— NHL (@NHL) March 10, 2023
This week: @ PHI, VS CGY, VS CBJ
2 thoughts on “Week 22 Pacific Division Power Rankings”
As a Kings fan, I have to ask why Quickie, one of my favorite Kings because he stole the 2012 Cup and persevered in the 2014 playoffs for the comeback Kings that year, is playing great for Vegas but was awful for the Kings this season? I like our chances to beat Vegas if we meet in the playoffs because Korpisalo is better than any Vegas goalie. Oilers will be the toughest opponent but their netminding could be a problem for them, too.
Agree, so many “fans”crying that he’s gone, but did they all forget how crappy he was playing this year! I love him too, but he looked awful and you can’t just blame the D, Copley and Korpisalo inherited the same guys and they look like stars!