The current weather in Denver seems to be particularly symbolic of how the direction the Avs season seems to be headed in and after last season I'm absolutely terrified of potentially losing all of the next 22 games. So uh...yeah. Let's talk about other teams. Immediately.
Calgary! I love talking about them. Their fans are passionate, their history rich....ish, their GM feisty, and the team is mediocre enough to torture the Calgary Corsiatti Contingent into believing their might be hope on the horizon and they could be more than a perennial 10th place team. The Flames have been consistently mediocre all season and I could honestly get away with copy and pasting this paragraph every week and it would still be accurate.
Edmonton has finally caught fire after two straight months of futility. I imagine their recently-improved health has played a big role in their recent record leap (who knew having your best players play their best would lead to wins!?). Also an outrageous 8 point night from Sam Gagner really helps. Cool goaltending, Chicago. The Oilers are not realistically a playoff threat but can definitely ruin the party for some teams because that offense has the potential to go off on anybody on any given night. I have no interest in playing them ever again.
Minnesota can suck it. I don't wanna talk about it.
I'd go on about how Vancouver and Detroit are going to battle to the end for Western Conference supremacy and Vancouver being a top 10 team in the NHL in essentially every important statistical category and have a top 6 most teams would be envious of but I don't want to be accused of "being on Vancouver's sack" and have my Avs fandom called into question again. That said, the Canucks are terrible and they'll surely fall from their lofty position in the division because I don't like them grrrr!
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames ( GP 51 23-22-6 52 Pts)
- David Moss is on IR with a foot injury.
- Henrik Karlsson is on IR with an MCL injury.
- Derek Smith has a high ankle sprain.
- Curtis Glencross is currently sidelined with a "lower body" injury.
Colorado Avalanche (53 GP 26-25-2 54 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (51 GP 20-26-5 45 Pts)
Last Week: 2-0-0
- Tom Gilbert is day-to-day with a knee injury.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out 7-10 days with a shoulder injury.
- Theo Peckham is day-to-day with a face injury.
Minnesota Wild (51 GP 25-19-7 57 Pts)
- Guillaume Latendresse skated with the team twice this week, but suffered a setback
- 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 is with the team and took part in the Wild's morning skate on Thursday as he continues to progress from an upper body injury
Vancouver Canucks (51 GP 31-15-5 67 Pts)