The Pacific Division tightened up a bit behind the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-2 and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Calgary Flames 2-1 in the “Battle of Alberta”.
With their victory the Oilers hopped over the Flames into the 2nd wild card spot in the Western Conference with 40 points. Colorado actually has that same number of points in the first wild card spot, as do the Kraken sitting in 3rd-place in the Pacific. The catch being the Kraken have played one less game than the Avalanche and a whopping four fewer than the OIlers, giving Seattle the higher winning percentage.
With Vancouver’s win, the Canucks extended a three-game win streak and are now five points behind all of the aforementioned.
Also in Vancouver’s win, captain Bo Horvat scored two goals and had four points for the second straight game. He is now tied with Tage Thompson of the Buffalo Sabres for the second most goals in the NHL with 26. Connor McDavid of the Oilers leads the way with 31. He had the game winner against the Flames Tuesday night.
The Kraken host the Flames Wednesday night at Climate Pledge Arena with more information to come shortly. While we wait …
Team Canada had Tuesday off at the World Junior Championship in Halifax and take on Germany on Wednesday. The team features captain Shane Wright of the Kraken and a handful of junior players from teams around Washington State.
Everett Silvertips, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Tri-City Americans from the Western Hockey League are all featured in this year’s edition of the WJC. We’ll continue to update their efforts as the games roll along.
Wright had a goal and an assist in Canada’s 5-2 tourney opening loss to the Czech Republic (Czechia) on Monday.
Team USA picked up a win in their first match on Monday against Latvia 5-2. The Americans play Slovakia in a Group B game in Moncton, New Brunswick on Wednesday.
The USA game starts at approximately 1 pm pacific while Team Canada should drop the puck a little after 3:30 pacific.
Enjoy the Hockey Action!!