With between 34-36 games left in the season for each of the respective teams in the Pacific Division race, it’s time to start doing a lot of scoreboard watching as things continue to stay tight down the stretch.
Here’s a look at the standings entering play on Monday.
It is important to note that each of the five Pacific teams are currently in the playoffs, however Winnipeg can catch Edmonton, Vegas, and Arizona if they win their games in hand. Nashville is still in the conversation too, but the clock is really starting to tick on them.
Here is each team’s current record, playoff odds, odds to win the division (both according to hockeyreference.com) and their schedule for the week.
Calgary Flames (55 Points, 73.9% Playoffs, 20.1% Division)
Last 10: 7-3-0
- January 13 - at Montreal Canadiens
- January 16 - at Toronto Maple Leafs
- January 18 - at Ottawa Senators
Calgary has won five straight games heading into their Eastern Canada road trip. This will be their last three games until after the all-star break as the team is off on their five day break.
Arizona Coyotes (55 Points, 71.7% Playoffs, 21.9% Division)
Last 10: 4-5-1
The Coyotes lost their top two netminders in Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, with Raanta just recently going down again. They’re treading water right now, and have lost three straight. Luckily their hot start gave them some breathing room, but that’s pretty much gone.
Vancouver Canucks (54 Points, 81.8% Playoffs, 30.5% Division)
Last 10: 8-2-0
- January 14 - at Winnipeg Jets
- January 16 - vs Arizona Coyotes
- January 18 - vs San Jose Sharks
Vancouver managed to overcome a disheartening start to their five game road trip where they lost 9-2 and 5-2 by beating the Sabres and Wild over the weekend. The Canucks have won 9 of 11 and can leapfrog into first place with their game in hand.
Vegas Golden Knights (54 Points, 57.9% Playoffs, 13.4% Division)
Last 10: 5-5-0
- January 14 - at Buffalo Sabres
- January 16 - at Ottawa Senators
- January 18 - at Montreal Canadiens
The Knights had a disappointing end to their recent seven game homestand which started with four straight victories. Vegas lost their final three games in regulation and slipped down the standings as a result. They now head out for an eight game Eastern road trip, with their five day break and All-Star break right in the middle. The Knights don’t play a home game between January 11 and February 9.
Edmonton Oilers (53 Points, 61.7% Playoffs, 13.7% Division)
Last 10: 5-4-1
- January 14 - vs Nashville Predators
- January 18 - vs Arizona Coyotes
Edmonton is looking to bounce back from a BofA loss to the Flames that knocked them all the way down to fifth in the division. They are in danger of falling out of the playoff picture if the Jets win their game in hand. Edmonton did manage a respectable 3-1-1 showing on their five game trip, and now home for four.
Games to Watch
Monday January 13
- Flames at Canadiens
Tuesday January 14
- Sharks at Coyotes
- Canucks at Jets
- Knights at Sabres
- Predators at Oilers
Thursday January 16
- Flames at Maple Leafs
- Coyotes at Canucks *
- Knights at Senators
Saturday January 18
- Flames at Senators
- Coyotes at Oilers *
- Knights at Canadiens
Who to Cheer For?
With Arizona taking on both Vancouver and Edmonton this week, let’s look at which team we should be rooting for. Obviously the number one thing is no three point game.
Coyotes at Canucks - ROOT FOR: Arizona
The Flames have a game in hand already on Arizona, so we want them to stick it to Vancouver and keep them behind the Flames in the standings.
Coyotes at Oilers - ROOT FOR: Your Choice
From a standings point of view it’s probably best to cheer for the Oilers in this game, but since we’re still a ways out from the end of the season, I can’t tell people to cheer for them. Your choice.