A busy week with a lot of topsy-turvy results for the still-competitive Northwest Division. The surprise duo at the top of the division are leading the NHL in the all-important Goals Against category and our very own Avalanche continue to provide aid in Calgary's quest to dig themselves out of the early hole they dug. Vancouver's up-and-down season continued with a week filled with blowouts and a loss that helped get a coach fired.
Fun start, huh?
This week is marked predominantly by two teams in the NW making the SoCal Swing with Anaheim receiving two teams this week coming off the second night of back-to-backs. After a quick glance at schedules, the Ducks actually play host to a NW team in game 2 of a back-to-back six times this season. Two other occasions the Ducks are game one of a back-to-back. I'd be curious how many times the California teams receive teams on the back end of back-to-backs over the course of the season in comparison to other teams.
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames (13 GP 6-6-1 13 Pts)
Mikael Backlund is on IR and is out for up to 6 weeks with a finger injury.
Colorado Avalanche (14 GP 7-6-1 15 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (13 GP 8-3-2 18 Pts)
Last Week: 1-1-0 3-0 W @ LA, 2-4 L @ PHX
- Ales Hemsky is out 10-14 days with a shoulder injury.
- Ryan Whitney is out 3-4 weeks with a knee injury.
- Darcy Hordichuk is week-to-week with a knee injury.
Minnesota Wild (13 GP 7-3-3 17 Pts)
- Mike Lundin remains on injured reserve and continues to work his way back from injury.
- Greg Zanon has begun skating on his own, but will not play on Saturday against St. Louis.
- Clayton Stoner appears recovered from a hand injury, but he is not expected to be in the lineup on Saturday.
Vancouver Canucks (15 GP 7-7-1 15 Pts)
If Ben Walker had his way, there would be a life-size statue of Dan Hamhuis in their hometown of Smithers, B.C.
- Mason Raymond is out indefinitely with a back injury
Alex Burrows is day-to-day with back spasms
- Steve Pinizotto is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury
- Sami Salo is day-to-day with a groin injury
- Byron Bitz is out indefinitely with a lower body injury