Around the Pacific Division - The Ducks Are Drowning in Anaheim

It's a tight race in the Pacific as just four points separate first from fourth, and four Pacific teams find themselves in the coveted top eight in the Western Conference.

With both Los Angeles and Phoenix in 'transitional' years, I don't think anyone predicted this division to come out of the gates as strong as they have. It's a testament to how good defense and great goaltending can really carry you along or in the case of Los Angeles, how a crazy hot goal scorer can propel you forward.


Pacific Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Los Angeles 12 8 4 0 16
San Jose 12 7 4 1 15
Dallas 11 5 2 4 14
Phoenix 10 6 4 0 12
Anaheim 10 3 6 1 7

(updated 10.27.2009 at 8:38 AM EDT)


Four straight losses have dropped Anaheim to the bottom of the Pacific and just one point out of the basement in the West. With a goal differential of -12, the Ducks have floundered early in the season as their revamped and inexperienced blue line have caused trouble for them early in the season.

Of course, the Ducks are in just about the same boat as the Stars last year (bottom of the standings), and there is still a long ways to go. Still, I always like seeing them struggle.


Los Angeles Kings; 1st in Pacific Division, 2nd in the West - Battle of California

The Kings are on an amazing four game winning streak, with Anze Kopitar playing out of his mind at the moment. The NHL's leading goalscorer has Kings fans and fantasy hockey owners giddy with excitement. RudyKelly is ecstatic as well:

Seriously, how well is Anze Kopitar playing right now?  Against Dallas Anze had a hat trick and then followed it up with a Joe Thornton hat trick (3 assists), while also drawing 2 penalties.  He'll probably be named the #1 star of the week  with 7 points in 3 games (4 goals, 3 assists).  He's back to where he was his first season, where he suddenly created opportunities for himself that put defensemen in impossible situations.  He turns them Kopitarded, you might say.  (Wait, I say that.)  I'm positive he'll slow down at some point, but how much?  I was hoping for 80 points out of Kopitar; now, I'm thinking 90 may not be out of the question.


Kings Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ San Jose Wed 10/28 9:30 PM CDT
Vancouver Thu 10/29 9:30 PM CDT
@ Phoenix Mon 11/02 8:00 PM CST
Pittsburgh Thu 11/05 9:30 PM CST
Nashville Sat 11/07 3:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Columbus Sun 10/25 W 6 - 2
@ Phoenix Sat 10/24 W 5 - 3
Dallas Thu 10/22 OT - W 5 - 4
@ Dallas Mon 10/19 W 4 - 1
@ Columbus Sat 10/17 L 1 - 4


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Justin Williams other-excused 10/26/2009
Alec Martinez ankle 10/06/2009

Leading Scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Anze Kopitar 12 10 11 21 4 2 4 0 0 0 34 29.4

 

San Jose Sharks; 2nd in Pacific Division, 5th in West - Fear The Fin

Per Mr. Plank, talking about the defensemen on the Sharks:

During the course of October, many questions have been raised about the performance of the team as a whole, but none more prevalent than the strength of the blueline. Without the luxury of available cap room, it's doubtful Doug Wilson pursues an upgrade via trade lest he sacrifice scoring depth amongst the forwards or deplete the strength of the organization's prospect pool. It is likely we will live and die with these band of brothers until the 2009-2010 season rings it's final bell.


Sharks Schedule

Next 5 Games

Los Angeles Wed 10/28 9:30 PM CDT
Colorado Fri 10/30 9:30 PM CDT
@ Carolina Sun 11/01 12:30 PM CST
@ Columbus Wed 11/04 6:00 PM CST
@ Detroit Thu 11/05 6:30 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Philadelphia Sun 10/25 W 4 - 1
@ Atlanta Sat 10/24 W 4 - 3
@ Tampa Bay Thu 10/22 L 2 - 5
@ New York Rangers Mon 10/19 W 7 - 3
@ New York Islanders Sat 10/17 W 4 - 1


San Jose Sharks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Devin Setoguchi leg 10/26/2009
Ryan Vesce leg 10/26/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joe Pavelski foot 10/05/2009
Torrey Mitchell knee 09/30/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Joe Thornton 12 3 14 17 -2 0 1 0 0 0 26 11.5


Phoenix Coyotes; 4th in Pacific Division, 8th in West - Five For Howling

A two game losing streak has set the team back a bit, but they're still playing strong and getting superb goaltending. And they've been sold to the NHL.

There finally appears to be a light at the end of this seemingly never ending dark tunnel that is the Coyotes bankruptcy. Today in court the multiple sides seem to have come to some sort of arrangement to see that everyone that's owed get at least something. The deal itself is reportedly worth 128 million in all. However, there are reports of the NHL buying off Moyes' claims for 30 million dollars. That's better than what he would have been in line for in that he would have had to split what was left of about 11 million dollars between himself and the rest of the unsecured creditors. That means the NHL is ready, Moyes is lined up, Creditors are good, SOF signed off forever ago, but nobody know what's up with Gretzky.


Coyotes Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Columbus Wed 10/28 6:00 PM CDT
@ St. Louis Thu 10/29 7:00 PM CDT
Anaheim Sat 10/31 8:00 PM CDT
Los Angeles Mon 11/02 8:00 PM CST
@ Colorado Wed 11/04 8:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ New York Rangers Mon 10/26 L 2 - 5
Los Angeles Sat 10/24 L 3 - 5
Detroit Thu 10/22 OT - W 3 - 2
Boston Sat 10/17 W 4 - 1
St. Louis Thu 10/15 OT - W 3 - 2


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer other-excused 10/17/2009


Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Shane Doan 10 3 7 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 31 9.7

 

Anaheim Ducks; 5th in Pacific Division, 13th in the West - Anaheim Calling

I'll let Arthur sum up the Ducks game from last night, very simply put:

The Ducks gave the Toronto Maple Leafs their first win of the season at the Honda Center tonight.  The worst Maple Leafs team ever (by starting record) scored five power play goals, the most scored on the Ducks ever.  A question for this recap thread?  Will Carlyle pay for this lack of effort to start the season?  Not should he, but WILL he be fired?

Yup, the Toronto Maple Leafs scored FIVE power play goals last night.


Ducks Schedule

Next 5 Games

Vancouver Fri 10/30 9:00 PM CDT
@ Phoenix Sat 10/31 8:00 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Tue 11/03 9:00 PM CST
Nashville Thu 11/05 9:00 PM CST
Phoenix Sat 11/07 9:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Toronto Mon 10/26 L 3 - 6
Columbus Sat 10/24 L 4 - 6
Dallas Wed 10/21 L 2 - 4
St. Louis Sat 10/17 L 0 - 5
Minnesota Wed 10/14 W 3 - 2


Anaheim Ducks Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jean-Sebastien Giguere groin 10/27/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Carter foot 10/21/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Corey Perry 10 5 6 11 -1 14 0 1 0 0 33 15.2


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