VIC_CITY Posted November 5, 2015 Share Posted November 5, 2015 I remember when the NHL’s whole division structure changed. I thought how the hell are we going to make the playoffs with LA, SJ and Anaheim all in the same division? Plus those Oilers are bound to break out soon! Oh how things have changed (or stayed the same in Edmonton’s case). I know we still have the majority of the season to play, but I can’t help but notice the way the Central is shaping up. A lot could change between now and the spring but with the way things are looking, the Central is going to be one hell of a dog fight. So what does that mean for Vancouver? Well, if I was a betting man, I’d say that the chances of us grabbing a 7/8 seed could be pretty slim. At this point, only one team in the Central (Colorado) is under 500 and the defending Stanley Cup champs are sitting in 6th…check that…SIXTH PLACE in their division. Then you take a look at the Pacific division, where only two teams have records better than 500 and one of them (our Vancouver Canucks) owe a big thank you to everyone’s favorite “loser point”. You’d have to think the divisions will somewhat balance out as the season continues. Calgary and Anaheim are far from last place teams. Heading into this season, Anaheim was considered a Stanley Cup favorite and after the year that Calgary had last year, plus the addition of Dougie Hamilton, they weren’t that far behind. In the Central division, we know Dallas has top end offensive punch but can their defense and goaltending keep this up? Can Winnipeg continue to build off last year and earn a playoff spot in 2016? In Minnesota, was Devin Dubnyk’s 2014/2015 season a fluke or will he come back with another Vezina caliber season? A lot of questions are still left to be answered, but IMO the Canucks are going to have to beat one Californian team at the absolute minimum and more likely two if they have any hopes of making the playoffs. Of course I could be wrong. I could be jumping the gun since we’ve only played 13 games. Only time will tell… 1 Dallas13103020104637+95-1-05-2-0-8-2-0Won 12 St. Louis139311993631+54-1-15-2-0-7-2-1Won 13 Winnipeg138411784035+53-2-15-2-0-6-3-1Won 14 Minnesota117221673532+35-0-02-2-2-6-2-2OT 15 Nashville117221653225+74-0-13-2-12-06-2-2Lost 16 Chicago137511573332+16-1-11-4-0-5-4-1OT 17 Colorado12471943336-32-4-12-3-0-3-6-1Won 1 PacificGP W L OT P ROW GF GA Diff Home Away S/O L10 Streak 1 Los Angeles128401682925+44-3-04-1-0-8-2-0Won 12 Vancouver136341653829+92-3-34-0-11-04-3-3Lost 13 San Jose126601253333E2-3-04-3-01-04-6-0Lost 14 Arizona115511153032-21-3-04-2-1-4-5-1Lost 25 Edmonton135801053641-53-4-02-4-0-5-5-0Won 16 Anaheim12372821731-143-2-10-5-11-13-6-1Won 27 Calgary133917 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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