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Around The Pacific: Sharks Charging Ahead With Division Lead

We didn't get to one of these last week, but some interesting developments over the past few weeks in the Pacific Division. The Phoenix Coyotes, after their hot start, have come down to earth a bit and are 5-5-0 in their last ten games and Los Angeles just continues to win. Somehow.

Meanwhile, the Ducks just keep falling farther and farther behind in the division.


Pacific Standings

GP W L OTL PT
San Jose 22 14 4 4 32
Los Angeles 22 13 7 2 28
Dallas 19 8 5 6 22
Phoenix 20 11 9 0 22
Anaheim 19 6 10 3 15

(updated 11.17.2009 at 9:04 AM EST)


Being ten points behind in the division already is a bit disturbing, yet the Stars have three games in hand on both Los Angeles and San Jose ahead of them. All the Stars need to do is rattle three or four wins in a row; easy as pie, right?

San Jose Sharks; 1st in the Pacific Division, 1st in the West:

The Sharks are 7-0-3 in their last ten games and are now playing like the team everyone thought they would be when the season first started. From Fear The Fin:

The Sharks can't win in the shootout. They've got injuries. The blue line, at times, looks akin to the Mighty Ducks before Gordon Bombay got his shit together.

Well, count your lucky stars (barf), 'cause the Sharks have nothing on the Blues.

How succinct.


Sharks Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Nashville Tue 11/17 7:00 PM CST
Philadelphia Fri 11/20 9:00 PM CST
@ Anaheim Sat 11/21 9:00 PM CST
Chicago Wed 11/25 9:30 PM CST
@ Edmonton Fri 11/27 8:30 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Chicago Sun 11/15 OT - L 3 - 4
@ St. Louis Sat 11/14 W 3 - 1
Dallas Thu 11/12 SO - L 2 - 3
Nashville Tue 11/10 W 4 - 3
Pittsburgh Sat 11/07 W 5 - 0


San Jose Sharks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jody Shelley other-excused 11/17/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rob Blake arm 11/05/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Patrick Marleau 22 12 12 24 3 4 4 1 2 0 65 18.5


Los Angeles Kings; 2nd in the Pacific, 4th in the West:

The Kings have just a +2 goal differential and are 26th in the NHL is goals allowed per game. Yet they still win. From Battle of California:

Randy "Your Girlfriend's Co-Worker who Always Touches Her Back" Jones, meawhile, ended up with 2 points on the night in his Kings debut. Jones filled in for Sean O'Donnell, which makes sense since Sean O'Donnell is old and could probably use a break every now and then. The Kings will still use O'Donnell most of the time because he's their rock on the penalty kill and provides security for the rest of the Kings' defenders, but it's nice to know the Kings have someone like Randy "Guy Who Volunteers to Ref AYSO Games Even Though He Has No Kids" Jones to help out on defense if someone gets hurt.

Is it just me, or are the Pacific Division writers a bit angry for some reason?


Kings Schedule

Next 5 Games

Philadelphia Wed 11/18 9:35 PM CST
Calgary Sat 11/21 3:00 PM CST
@ Edmonton Wed 11/25 8:30 PM CST
@ Vancouver Thu 11/26 9:00 PM CST
Chicago Sat 11/28 9:30 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Florida Mon 11/16 SO - W 4 - 3
@ Tampa Bay Sat 11/14 SO - W 2 - 1
@ Atlanta Fri 11/13 L 0 - 7
@ Carolina Wed 11/11 W 5 - 2
@ Chicago Mon 11/09 L 1 - 4


Los Angeles Kings Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rob Scuderi other-excused 11/17/2009
Ryan Smyth other-excused 11/17/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alec Martinez ankle 10/05/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Anze Kopitar 22 14 18 32 6 6 4 0 0 0 65 21.5

Phoenix Coyotes; 4th in the Pacific, 9th in the West:

The Coyotes beat the Stars on Saturday night, but they are struggling a bit as of late. The goaltending is still doing well, but the goal scoring has been suspect:

...However we aren't getting goals from the usual suspects: Radim Vrbata got one against Dallas, Robert Lang got a couple and Scottie Upshall did a few games ago, but our "Big Names" have been pretty quiet as of late. Shane Doan has gotten some assists, but hasn't found the back of the net consistantly, Peter Mueller hasn't done much since getting his first of the year and others like Petr Prucha, Matthew Lombardi and Martin Hanzal have played well, but just haven't gotten the puck to go in. We need to start seeing some more goals for soon.


Coyotes Schedule

Next 5 Games

@ Minnesota Wed 11/18 7:05 PM CST
@ St. Louis Thu 11/19 7:00 PM CST
Philadelphia Sat 11/21 7:00 PM CST
@ Edmonton Mon 11/23 8:00 PM CST
@ Calgary Wed 11/25 8:30 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Tampa Bay Mon 11/16 L 1 - 4
Dallas Sat 11/14 W 3 - 2
Montreal Thu 11/12 L 2 - 4
@ Anaheim Sat 11/07 L 3 - 4
Chicago Thu 11/05 W 3 - 1


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Peter Mueller other-excused 11/17/2009
Matthew Lombardi other-excused 11/17/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Zbynek Michalek other-excused 11/05/2009
Kurt Sauer other-excused 10/07/2009
Ed Jovanovski other-excused 11/06/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Shane Doan 20 5 9 14 -6 13 4 0 0 0 54 9.3

Anaheim Ducks; 5th in the Pacific Division, 15th in the West:

Yes, you read that right. The Anaheim Ducks are in 15th place in the Western conference and are threatening the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs for worst in the NHL. From Anaheim Calling:

The Ducks ended their road trip on a negative note by losing 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Todd Marchant had a great game with a shorthanded goal and an assist on Selanne's goal late in the third period. Giguere turned in another good performance despite the Ducks desire to hand over the puck in the slot. Most concerning for the Ducks has to be the play of Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf had multiple turnovers, including the one that led to the first goal of the game, had trouble finishing his chances, and was drawn into a fight with Bill Guerin in the first minute of the third period when the Ducks were only down by 2 goals. Having firmly secured themselves in the cellar, the Ducks will have a 7 game homestand to turn things around. If not, Ducks fans can probably expect some changes in the roster, or better yet, the GM's office.


Ducks Schedule

Next 5 Games

Tampa Bay Thu 11/19 9:00 PM CST
San Jose Sat 11/21 9:00 PM CST
Calgary Mon 11/23 9:00 PM CST
Carolina Wed 11/25 9:00 PM CST
Chicago Fri 11/27 3:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

@ Pittsburgh Mon 11/16 L 2 - 5
@ Detroit Sat 11/14 L 4 - 7
@ Columbus Fri 11/13 SO - L 2 - 3
@ New Jersey Wed 11/11 L 1 - 3
Phoenix Sat 11/07 W 4 - 3


Anaheim Ducks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Carter foot 11/17/2009
Saku Koivu groin 11/17/2009

Leading scorer:


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Corey Perry 19 13 11 24 3 22 2 1 0 0 64 20.3