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Pacific Division Round Up: First place Oilers, second place Canucks

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What year is it?

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) and center Colby Cave (12) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Oilers won 2-1 in overtime. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wow, it’s been a long week for San Jose Sharks fans. Our favorite team sits in last place with just four wins. It’s upsetting, especially when some of our enemies are not nearly as miserable as we are.

Here’s how this week shaped up for the rest of the division:

Anaheim Ducks (9-6-1)

The Anaheim Ducks are currently in third place and playing three games this week and winning two of them. First was a big 7-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, while the second one came in a shootout against the Vancouver Canucks. On Sunday, they fell 3-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.

The Ducks have been struggling through injuries. Josh Manson (5-10 weeks with MCL sprain) and Ondrej Kase (day-to-day with jaw injury) are still sidelined. Hampus Lindholm returned to the line up on Sunday against the Blackhawks.

The Ducks will face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT.

Arizona Coyotes (8-4-1)

The Arizona Coyotes slipped into the third-from-last position in the division after an interesting week. Kicking things off was a 3-2 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. They went on to lose 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. The only goal of that game was scored by Jakob Chychrun. They finished off the week strong, however, shutting out the Colorado Avalanche 3-0. Phil Kessel had himself a goal and an assist. That was the first time the Avalanche failed to get on the board this season.

Brad Richardson has officially been moved to the injury reserve. Michael Chaput has been called up from the Tucson Roadrunners.

The Coyotes will see the Edmonton Oilers today at 6 p.m. PT.

Calgary Flames (8-7-2)

The Calgary Flames had a busy week. First, they lost 2-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes. They went on to beat the Nashville Predators in a high-scoring shootout. The 6-5 final saw a winning goal scored by Matthew Tkachuk, his second of the evening. They went on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0, and were finally shut down by the Washington Capitals. That one finished with a 4-2 score in favor of the Caps.

Milan Lucic plays for the Flames, in case you forgot about him. He was suspended after a punch to Columbus’ Kole Sherwood. It was a move that shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the guy.

The Flames will play the Coyotes on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT.

Edmonton Oilers (10-4-1)

The Oilers are still in first place, despite starting their week off rocky, losing 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings. They bounced back, however, winning their next two games. They came out on top against the Blue Jackets with a 4-1 final score, aided by two goals from Leon Draisaitl. Next, the Pittsburgh Penguins forced the game to overtime, but fell short, handing the Oilers a 2-1 victory.

There’s been a lot of trader rumors surrounding Jesse Puljujarvi, but nothing substantial just yet.

The Oilers will face the Coyotes today at 6 p.m. PT.

Los Angeles Kings (5-9-0)

Bad news, guys. The Sharks stole last place back from the Los Angeles Kings this week. The Kings only played two games this week and broke even. First, they lost 5-3 against the Vancouver Canucks. Ask Drew Doughty how he feels about that one. Then on Saturday, they came out on top in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks. That one ended with a score of 4-3.

Tyler Toffoli found himself to be a healthy scratch. Another player with a world of trade rumors swirling around him.

The Kings will see the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Vancouver Canucks (9-3-2)

The Vancouver Canucks are in second place. We are living in a nightmare. The Sharks are in last place and the Canucks are not. The Canucks look really good right now. They like to score goals, proving so with their first win of the week, a 7-2 affair against the Florida Panthers. They proved it once more when they beat the Kings 5-3. Brock Boeser had himself a hat trick, too. The Ducks paused their reign of terror, beating them 2-1 in overtime. They found their way again against the Sharks. We’ll pretend that one didn’t happen. What game against the Sharks?

Both Quinn Hughes and his replacement were hurt this week. Hughes is day-to-day and may return to the lineup this week.

The Canucks will see the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT.

Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-2)

If it makes you feel any better, the Vegas Golden Knights have made their way down to fourth place in the division, after only playing two games this week. The first was a 5-4 loss in overtime to the Montreal Candiens. The second was also an OT loss, this time a 4-3 final against the Winnipeg Jets. They blew a two-goal lead against the Jets, but they’re used to blowing leads anyway, right?

Vegas will see the Blue Jackets Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT.