Remember last week when I warned that the division lead was not safe? Who knew my fortune telling skills were that good! After the Wednesday night games here is how the division stands.
Standings after 02-16
The Stars are in dangerous territory; they have lost four of the last five game and have fallen in the division. The injury bug has all but decimated our boys and taken away their confidence as well. The closest division in the NHL just got closer as the division is separated by 2 points from top to bottom.
More detail after the jump
The Phoenix Coyotes have won the last five games of the season and has rocketed to the 3rd place spot in the conference and secured the 1st place spot in the Pacific that the Stars held on to for most of the season. Monday the Coyotes hosted the Washington Capitals in a nationally televised game and won 3-2 in regulation. Last year’s Vezina candidate Ilya Bryzgalov has hoisted this team on his back, and as we know from Coach Tippett in the past he has another playoff quality team ready to battle the rest of the season.
The San Jose Sharks are have earned points in eight of the last ten games. They won a defensive struggle against the Predators Tuesday in overtime. Antti Niemi who had a tough start to the season has really returned to form and we now are seeing the Sharks we expected at the beginning of the season.
The Los Angeles Kings won Wednesday night against Columbus, the Kings PR department brings us this tidbit. The LA Kings 4-3 win over Columbus marks 10 consecutive games with points, first time they’ve accomplished the feat since 1980. As it seems with every team in our division they have a talented goaltender in Jonathan Quick. In his last seven games Quick is 6-0-1 with a 1.53 GAA and a .950 save percentage. A team well positioned to continue their division climb.
The Ducks were the only bright spot on the Stars landscape, their loss last night to the Washington Capitals kept them in the cluster of teams at 68 points. Anaheim is also putting Jonas Hiller on injured reserve which may provide some relief for the other Division opponents but as Michael Lombardi points out over at the Ducks Daily Blog, the backup McElhinney has been a complete boss in net and it will be good for Hiller to rest before playoffs begin. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf seems back to normal after last nights game however, earning 4 points with 1 goal and 3 assists.
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