Pacific Division Standings as of March 8:

Divisional Matchups of the Week:
Vancouver @ San Jose 3/2 – VAN 1, SJS 3
Vancouver @ Los Angeles 3/4 – VAN 4, LAK 3
Vancouver @ Anaheim 3/5 – VAN 2, ANA 1

FLAMES STAY HOT

The first week of March is complete and the Flames are hot. Remember two weeks ago when I said how the Flames were concentrating on holding the second wild card spot and a divisional spot seemed out of reach? Well folks, this is hockey, things have changed and I am wrong.

The Flames have won seven in a row and are 8-0-1 in their last nine, dating back to February 15. They have moved up in the standings and currently hold the first wild card spot with 76 points. However, they trail both Anaheim and Edmonton by only two points, who hold third and second with 78 points. The Flames have scored 26 goals in those seven games and are determined to keep going in the right direction. They are no longer concentrating on a wild-card spot and are looking to move into second or third in the division come April.

VANCOUVER KEEPS THINGS INTERESTING

Now, before I have to bite my tongue again in two weeks, let me first say that Vancouver has a chance of making the playoffs. Do I think they are a playoff team? No. But, there is a chance. While they are in sixth in the division, they continue to disrupt the other teams and keep things interesting towards to the top.

They came out with a victory against both the LA Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. Both these teams are desperate for wins and were looking to capitalize on facing a lower team in the standings. Anaheim, inconsistent as of late, are tied in points with Edmonton, and with the Flames closing in, they need to turn things around. LA is still on the outside looking in and things are not looking good for the Kings. They are eight points behind Calgary with a game in hand and are three points behind St. Louis who hold the second wild card spot. This last month of regular season hockey is sure to be a good one!

Also to note, San Jose’s Joe Thornton recorded his 1,000th career assist the other night. He is only the 13th player in NHL history to reach this milestone. He notched his 1,000th assist in his 900th game with San Jose. Congrats to Joe Thornton. How can you not just love this guy?