I hate this division.
Nobody represents my disdain for the frustration of separation from the pack better than the Calgary Flames, who finally got around to losing...sort of. Sure they got wafflestomped by Edmonton (LOL btw) but they couldn't help themselves from stealing a point in Phoenix. Just lose in regulation, plox. The recently-hot Flames have cooled considerably in the wake of realizing they aren't actually that good but that mini surge was plenty enough to put themselves in the thick of the race as several teams are chasing them now. Great.
Edmonton...I really have no idea what to say about them anymore. They're well on their way to another top 5 pick and seem intent on re-signing as much of the talent that's taking them there as possible. Steve Tambellini is providing the perfect foil for Greg Sherman in the debate between hiring hockey people or hiring a random accountant as your GM. I guess that's a running dialogue for the NW Division for a while. Two rebuilding teams taking very different approaches (Colorado having a systematic plan and Edmonton just being terrible for a really long time and hoping to stockpile enough top 5 picks that even they can't screw them up) and their paths back to respectability.
Minnesota continues to hang around despite their roster full of shitty hockey players.
Vancouver has spent basically the entire month of February on the road and that hasn't stopped them from excelling in any way. More of the same from the Canucks as they continue to occasionally be outplayed but not lose games because they're Vancouver and winning in the regular season is what they do.
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames ( GP 61 28-23-10 66 Pts)
- David Moss is on IR with a foot injury.
- Lee Stempniak is out with a high ankle sprain.
- Blair Jones is on IR with a fractured ankle.
- Mikael Backlund is on IR with an upper body injury.
Colorado Avalanche (61 GP 30-27-4 64 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (60 GP 24-30-6 54 Pts)
Last Week: 2-2-0
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
- Theo Peckham is day-to-day with a face injury.
- Nikolai Khabibulin is day-to-day with a groin injury.
Minnesota Wild (60 GP 27-24-9 63 Pts)
- Guillaume Latendresse has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Jarod Palmer has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard has concussion symptoms and is on Injured Reserve.
- Clayton Stoner suffered a lower body injury last week and was placed on injured reserve on February 9.
- Carson McMillan suffered a lower body injury and has been placed on Injured Reserve on February 14.
- Mike Lundin suffered a lower body injury and was placed on injured reserve on February 19.
Vancouver Canucks (61 GP 39-16-6 84 Pts)