San Jose Sharks
Overall record: 16-17-2 Divisional Record: 8-5-0
In my opinion, the San Jose Sharks are done for the season. After they brought in Bob Boughner to coach the team I think they showed they are sending this team in a new direction. Whether or not Bob Boughner is the right guy for the job is still up for grabs.
San Jose is lead by players like Logan Couture and Evander Kane. They are a team stuck in limbo right now. They need to rebuild but don’t want to rebuild. San Jose has been a very successful team in the NHL, and have made the playoffs a lot. This season, however, might not be their year.
Overall record: 14-15-4 Divisional Record: 4-5-1
Anaheim started off strong but has now come down to earth. This is a team Arizona needs to beat every time they play them. Anaheim is a shell of the team they once were, and it will only be a matter of time before their rebuild is over and they are back to competing for the Cup once again.
As long as Arizona does not get banged up when they play Anaheim all is well in my eyes. We just need to win games against them throughout the rest of the season. There are two more games this season where the Coyotes will faceoff against Anaheim, with a record of 1-1 against the Ducks this season we need to win the other two.
Los Angeles Kings
Overall record:14-18-3 Divisional Record: 5-10-1
The Los Angeles Kings are back in their usual spot within the Pacific Division, at the bottom of the standings. The Kings are reportedly going to part ways with Ilya Kovalchuck. They continue to confuse me day after day with the moves they are making.
Los Angeles is a team that needs to rebuild quickly, and they know that. However, some of their star players can not get on board with it. Players like Drew Doughty continue to make their presence known both on and off the ice.
If you have not watched a Kings Flames game try and tune in next time they face off. Doughty does not like Matthew Tkachuk, and I believe the feeling is mutual.
I think the worst thing for Arizona when it comes to the Kings is staying healthy. When you don’t have a reason to come out and play every night you might play a little more feisty. Arizona does not need to take a bad injury against a team like Los Angeles.
Well here is hoping the Coyotes can find a way to beat their divisional rivals the rest of the season!