Title says it all, really (especially if you get the reference).
The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers are experiencing a bit of a return to Earth as their otherworldly goaltending starts to do the inevitable regression to the mean while Vancouver is starting to get out of their own way a bit and work their way to the top.
The bottom of the division features two wildly frustrating and unpredictable teams in Colorado and Calgary who are scratching and clawing their way to ugly wins and painful losses. Luckily for Calgary, they get Colorado 3 more times this season as they look to take full advantage of the fact the Avs haven't beaten them once in their last 8 tries. Sweet stat, yo.
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames (16 GP 7-8-1 15 Pts)
Mikael Backlund is on IR and is out for up to 6 weeks with a finger injury.
Colorado Avalanche (17 GP 8-8-1 17 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (17 GP 9-6-2 20 Pts)
Last Week: 1-3-0 3-1 W @ MTL, 3-6 L @ BOS, 0-3 L @ DET, 3-6 L @ CHI
- Cam Barker is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
- Ryan Whitney is out 10-14 days with a knee injury.
- Darcy Hordichuk is week-to-week with a knee injury.
Minnesota Wild (17 GP 8-5-3 21 Pts)
- Mike Lundin traveled with the team. There is not yet a timetable for his return.
- Greg Zanon did not travel with the team on its current five-game road trip.
- Guillaume Latendresse suffered a concussion Thursday against San Jose and is out indefinitely.
Vancouver Canucks (18 GP 9-8-1 19 Pts)