What a difference a week can make, right? Colorado came back to Earth last week against some pretty good hockey clubs and only managed to scrape by with 3 of a possible 8 points, scoring just 3 goals in the final 3 games of the week.
Meanwhile, Calgary came charging hard after a long and soul-crushing road trip that concluded with the incredibly-fun-to-watch Beatdown in Beantown and won all of their games. Still, the division standings remain exactly the same, with Calgary still behind Colorado, Minnesota, and Vancouver and all of them pulling away from Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oilers continue their indefensible slide towards the bottom of the league. Anaheim is somehow managing to catch them in the standings because Edmonton has scraped out just 3 points in their last three weeks. Naturally they went ahead and re-signed a journeyman defenseman in the midst of a career year to help shore up their defense. Corey Potter to rescue, y'all. To. The. Rescue.
Minnesota managed to win a game! Take THAT regression! Of course they sandwiched the win between two losses but hey, regression doesn't exist and that one win says so. Despite their recent reliance on ineptitude, the Wild still hold the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. On January 13th. At least they have that, right?
Somehow our fifth and final division foe, the Vancouver Canucks, are first in the division and starting to run away with it. They're first in the Western Conference and daring teams to catch them, are in the top 10 of all the major statistical team categories, and they still can't seem to stop crying and whining about how the NHL is out to get them. Then they prove lessons haven't been learned from the Steve Moore incident when their head coach goes public with what looked an awful lot like a threat to an opposing player to the rest of the hockey world. All of this was followed by the Vancouver writers taking up arms and playing the "Poor us wah wah waaahahhh" card and asking why everyone hates them because they don't have any toughness and that's apparently the only loathsome quality in hockey teams. You want to know why I personally hate you guys? You've proven you can't lose with class by tearing apart your city and then blaming it on anarchists. You've proven you can't win with class by winning and then asking why you aren't better liked. You play the games themselves with a certain lack of class and respect for the game with the reprehensible diving and incessant crying. What exactly are outsiders supposed to like about you, Vancouver?
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames (45 GP 21-19-5 47 Pts)
- David Moss is on IR with a foot injury.
- Mark Giordano is on IR with a hamstring injury.
- Henrik Karlsson is on IR with an MCL injury.
- Brett Carson is on IR with an "upper body" injury.
- Matt Stajan is on IR with an ankle sprain.
- Alex Tanguay is on IR with an upper body injury.
- Derek Smith has a high ankle sprain.
- Scott Hannan is on IR with an "upper body" injury.
Colorado Avalanche (45 GP 23-20-2 48 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (42 GP 16-22-4 36 Pts)
Last Week: 0-1-1
- Cam Barker is out 2 months with an ankle injury.
- Ryan Whitney is week-to-week with an ankle injury.
- Alex Plante is out indefinitely with a concussion.
- Tom Gilbert is out 3-4 weeks with a knee injury.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.
- Jordan Eberle is out 2-3 weeks with a knee injury.
- Ryan O`Marra is day-to-day with an illness.
Minnesota Wild (44 GP 22-16-6 50 Pts)
- 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.
Vancouver Canucks (45 GP 28-14-3 59 Pts)