The Vancouver Canucks have maintained their Pacific Division lead following the All-Star break. Here’s where they sit in power rankings across the web.
Week-long breaks naturally lead to rust and sloppy play for a couple of games, but the Vancouver Canucks haven’t missed a beat following the All-Star weekend.
The Pacific Division leaders held on for a tight 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, and they followed it up with a 5-2 victory over the rival San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. It was the perfect start to a five-game road trip.
Entering play on Thursday, the Canucks sit first in the Pacific Division with 62 points (29-18-4). They’re two points up on the Calgary Flames (Vancouver has a game in hand), and four up on the Edmonton Oilers, who have played one less game.
Vancouver will carry a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s tilt with the New York Islanders. Is their recent surge enough to move the Canucks up in power rankings across the web? Let’s take a look.
- Sportsnet: Thanks to the superb play from both Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko, Vancouver places sixth in Luke Fox’s “How Stable Is Your Goaltending?” edition of the power rankings.
- Toronto Sun: Vancouver retains the 11th spot in Michael Traikos’ rankings. The Oilers (10th) were actually placed higher than the Canucks.
- ESPN: Elias Pettersson and company were previously ranked 12th by ESPN. Same deal here — although they were the highest ranked Pacific Division team.
- NHL.com: Vancouver moved down one spot in the “Super 16” rankings, falling from 11th to 12th.
- Sports Illustrated: Is the No. 12 familiar enough, yet? SI ranked the Canucks 12th last week, and they held the same spot for this week.
After they visit the Islanders, Vancouver will travel south to visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. The trip continues with a tilt against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, before concluding against the Minnesota Wild two days later. The Canucks will then return home for a Saturday night showdown against the Calgary Flames