Apologies in advance for the much, much shorter NWC this week but I've been battling Pyelonephritis all week and haven't been able to watch any hockey.
Calgary continues to be just good enough to hang around in the playoff picture but not quite good enough to overtake any of the teams in front of them.
Edmonton's paper tiger defense has been unable to stop the losing as the Oilers' season has been completely derailed thanks to an outrageous amount of injuries to key players and, you know, not being very good.
Minnesota continues to teach their fan base harsh lessons about things like "regression" actually, you know, existing. I know it's a cruel world, Wild fans, but keep on keepin on because the rest of us are enjoying your plight quite a bit.
Vancouver should have run away with this division already but they don't seem to have found that extra gear quite yet and while 8 points is a pretty significant lead, it really should be more. With the Avs suddenly in second place, the more the Canucks dillydally around, the more exciting the second half of this season is likely to get.
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Last Week: 1-1-1 1-4 L vs. LA, 1-2 OTL @ SJ, 2-1 W @ LA
Conference Standing: 11th Place
- Goals For: 2.4 (26th)
- Goals Against: 2.8 (15th)
- Power Play %: 17.4 (18th)
- Penalty Kill %: 82.6 (14th)
This Week: The Flames have just two games this week leading up to the break with as they finish off their 3-game roadie with a Saturday night tilt at Edmonton before returning home Tuesday for their second game versus San Jose in a week.
News: I've always liked Jay Feaster. Love his attitude in this article.
Mikael Backlund is finally starting to show some signs of life.
An interesting read that suggests Iginla is playing out of position at this stage of his career.
Gaaaah I've never read anything about Clint Malarchuk that made me believe he was anything but a total pimp.
Transactions: Recalled D Brett Carson from Abbotsford.
Last Week: 2-1-0 2-1 W @ DAL, 1-6 L @ PHX, 3-2 W vs. FLA
Conference Standings: 8th place
- Goals For: 2.4 (25th)
- Goals Against: 2.9 (21st)
- Power Play %: 19.0 (7th)
- Penalty Kill %: 81.6 (22nd)
This Week: The Avs hit up the infamous SoCal Swing starting Saturday at Los Angeles and finishing Sunday at Anaheim before taking a day off and welcoming the streaking Minnesota Wild to town Tuesday. I can't wait to not watch that game.
Last Week: 1-3-0 0-5 L vs. ANA, 2-1 W vs. LA, 2-4 L @ CBJ, 0-1 L @ STL
Conference Standings: 14th place
- Goals For: 2.6 (15th)
- Goals Against: 2.8 (19th)
- Power Play %: 21.2 (3rd)
- Penalty Kill %: 82.4 (16th)
This Week: Edmonton plays host to division-rival Calgary on Saturday night before starting a tough back-to-back Monday versus San Jose. They finish off the b2b by heading to Vancouver Tuesday. Tough slate for a team on a steep decline.
News: I remember when this was us last year and I just wanted to crawl into a hole and die.
Taylor Hall learning the hard lessons.
Several Oilers figure to be hot topics of discussion as the trade season begins heating up.
Frustrations of being terrible yet again haven't stopped the Oilers from remaining positive and upbeat.
Transactions: Reassigned D Alex Plante to Oklahoma City
Last Week: 0-2-1: 2-3 L @ STL, 1-5 L @ PHI, 1-4 L @ TOR
Conference Standing: 9th place
- Goals For: 2.2 (29th)
- Goals Against: 2.4 (7th)
- Power Play %: 14.0 (26th)
- Penalty Kill %: 82.6 (15th)
This Week: Just two games this week for the Wild but both are very important if they want to keep their nose in the race for the playoffs as they play host to Dallas on Saturday and travel to Denver to play at Colorado Tuesday night.
News: Gung Yeo? SERIOUSLY?
If Minnesota is going to stop the slide, they're going to need Dany Heatley to play like the star he used to be.
Boy there are a LOT of stories like this one about the Wild right now. hahahaha
I love how the title of this article implies the road is the only place where Minnesota has struggled.
Transactions: Placed F Colton Gillies on waivers (claimed by CBJ), recalled F Carson McMillan from Houston, reassigned G Matt Hackett to Houston.
Injuries: Lazy copy/paste mode ENGAGE.
- Guillaume Latendresse is out indefinitely after experiencing concussion symptoms.
- Jarod Palmer has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard has concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Mikko Koivu suffered an upper body injury on Jan. 14 and placed on IR on Jan. 16. He is listed as week-to-week and will be evaluated again on January 23.
Last Week: 0-1-1 2-4 L vs. ANA, 2-3 OTL vs. LA
Conference Standing: 2nd place
- Goals For: 3.2 (5th)
- Goals Against: 2.4 (7th)
- Power Play %: 23.8 (1st)
- Penalty Kill %: 86.3 (7th)
This Week: Another team with just two games left on the slate before the long break, the Canucks play host to streaking San Jose on Saturday and to sinking Edmonton on Tuesday.
News: This is just too funny. Gene Simmons sums up hockey in a way that should make all hockey people smile.
The Canucks are really, really good at scoring. Goals, I mean.
Let's just stop all this bickering now!
Transactions: Re-assigned Mike Duco to Chicago, recalled Chris Tanev from Chicago.