Editorials

NHL Power Rankings: Pacific Division On Rise (Really)

By Colin Likas
Feb 21, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) celebrates with the bench after he scores a goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) celebrates with the bench after he scores a goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
1 of 3

I know, it’s a little strange to be reading anything positive about the Pacific Division, but in this week’s NHL power rankings, two of its top three teams have surged heavily. Meanwhile, the Capitals keep on rolling, the top three in the Central Division are keeping things tight and Florida is stumbling away with the Atlantic Division. Let’s see how all of this impacts this week’s ranks.

nhl power rankings
Feb 20, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a first goal by forward Taylor Hall (4) against the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

team. 148. The Pacific Division certainly isn’t rising because of these guys. That deal with <strong><a href=. (22-32-6). Previous: 28th. Edmonton Oilers. 30

(20-27-10). Previous: 30th. Toronto Maple Leafs. 29. team. 116. Mike Babcock’s bunch has been saddled as the only team to not yet achieve 10 home wins. The Leafs have a bizarre 8-9-8 record at Air Canada Centre (that’s “center” in Canadianese). At least they’re getting a point more often than not, right?

Buffalo Sabres. 28. team. 12. Would you believe me if I told you the Sabres have a winning road record? They also played Pittsburgh close on national TV, nearly overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the third period. Baby steps.. (24-29-7). Previous: 29th

What in the world has happened in Winnipeg? These guys were the eighth seed in the Western Conference last season. Now they’re trying to sell <strong><a href=. (25-29-4). Previous: 27th. Winnipeg Jets. 27. team. 107

112. Another sub-.500 team with a better-than-.500 road record. They moved <strong><a href=. (26-29-3). Previous: 25th. Calgary Flames. 26. team

(23-24-12). Previous: 22nd. Vancouver Canucks. 25. team. 104. If the Canucks were serious about rebuilding (they aren’t), they’d move <strong><a href=

team. 113. How’s this for a microcosm of your season: The Jackets have allowed two goals from center ice or beyond this season. The latest came courtesy Buffalo’s <strong><a href=. (24-29-7). Previous: 26th. Columbus Blue Jackets. 24

121. What’s that sound? That’s the Coyotes coming back to reality. <strong><a href=. (27-26-6). Previous: 21st. Arizona Coyotes. 23. team

Previous: 23rd. Montreal Canadiens. 22. team. 152. Two Blackhawks representatives were reportedly at Monday’s game between the Canadiens and Predators. Here’s hoping they were looking at Habs blueliner <strong><a href=. (28-27-5)

team. 91. And with that, we’ve gotten all six Canadian teams on the first page of these ranks. Canadian hockey really sucks without <strong><a href=. (28-26-6). Previous: 20th. Ottawa Senators. 21

Next: Nos. 20-11

facebooktwitterreddit