Pacific Division standings as of February 16:
Look familiar? It should. Since last week’s divisional breakdown, the standings have not changed. Arizona is still at the bottom with a slim to none chance of gaining on Vancouver and San Jose still holds the first place spot.
San Jose leaves points on the board
While the San Jose Sharks still hold first place in the Pacific, they have been struggling as of late to maximize points. In their last seven games, the Sharks are 2-1-4. While that is eight points and enough to keep a four point lead on Anaheim in the division, there is a clear absence of the ability to close out a game. Since last week, San Jose has dropped from fourth in the league to seventh. The team’s next match up is against the bottom of the division Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
Division lacks consistency
Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary all still hold playoff positions. However, the theme this month for the three squads is a lack of consistency. While San Jose continues to leave points on the board, this week was a good time for teams to step up and close the gap on the divisional leader. However, in the month of February, Anaheim has gone 2-3-1, Edmonton is 2-3, and Calgary is 4-2. Anaheim and Edmonton still hold the divisional spots for the playoffs. Calgary’s winning record in the last seven games is needed as the LA Kings continue to nip on their heels. Currently, the Kings are only one point behind and have three games in hand.