28. San Jose Sharks
The Sharks went 1-2-0 this past week, losing to the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers; however, they did beat the Arizona Coyotes, so that can showcase why San Jose is above Arizona in these rankings.
27. Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver played four games this past week. They beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a shoot out to improve to 18-22-3 on the season. However besides that they lost to the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. This team does not have a lot going for them, and considering the comments Jim Rutherford made recently about head coach Bruce Boudreau, I do not think this team is going in the right direction. Here is the quote from Rutherford
"“All I can say is that Bruce is our coach right now. But with that, I’m calling and talking, but don’t know that we’re making a change and don’t want to make a change.”"
Kind of an odd quote during the season on the current state of the coaching staff.
26. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens are next up on the list finishing this past week with two wins and two losses. The Canadiens did beat the Rangers and Predators, which are two wins for the young team against teams trying to make the playoffs. However, they were part of history when the Seattle Kraken came to town on Monday, Jan. 9, and won one of their eight road games.
25. Ottawa Senators
This past week the Senators went 1-2-0 on the week. This team does not look like they are a contender one bit, losing 7-0 to the Avalanche on the road. While losing to the Avs is alright, falling 7-0 was definitely a shock to the system, and they did not wake up after that game as they lost 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Monday.