| Pacific Division Power
The Week Before Christmas
|12/19/16 - By Ryan Hall -
T'was the week before Christmas and all through the
Teams were eyeing the break, worn out from fatigue.
games had been played, by one and by all,
The standings so close, it was
too close to call.
The Pacific Division was hard-fought and tight,
With control of it shifting with each passing night.
Five teams had
emerged, were surging ahead,
While the postseason hopes of two others were
January will bring more confusion; such a clatter,
yelling at screens, wondering what is the matter.
Away from that though,
let us fly like a flash,
To review what already has come to pass.
#1 - San Jose Sharks (Last Ranking: 1)
The team at the top - for
the moment at least,
San Jose has been led by a well-bearded beast.
Burns play is making Norris votes appear,
Which would be a Shark first if
the trophy did appear.
Others have chipped in: Couture has shot, Jumbo
Not to mention the clutch scoring of the incomparable Pavs.
Jones has been solid, as we all knew he would.
If this continues, San
Jose should be 'All Good!'
#2 - Anaheim Ducks (Last Ranking:
His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
Coach Carlyle smile? That's just plain scary!
More often his mouth is
drawn up like a bow,
Plotting bag skates until the ice is covered with
These Ducks are an enigma, winning by the skin of their teeth.
Beating good teams, losing to those beneath.
perhaps is at fault,
More Gibson struggles could their season halt.
#3 - Calgary Flames (Last Ranking: 5)
As dry leaves
that before the wild hurricane fly,
Only 10 games ago the Flames were
poised to die.
Then winning began, and up the standings they flew,
Led by Monahan, Hamilton, and Gaudreau too!
Bad defense? In a
twinkling, it was gone!
Scoring slump? Fled away like night from the dawn!
Now everyone's head is turning around,
To see if the Flames can
perhaps be playoff bound.
#4 - Edmonton Oilers (Last Ranking:
Their little coach, scowling like a felon,
You know in one
glance it must be Todd McClellan!
More rapid than eagles, his forwards
He whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now, McDavid! Now, Lucic! Now, Eberle and Drai(saitl)!
Backcheck! In your own end you must play!
To the top of the Pacific, we
can beat them all!
But only if defensively, together, you stand tall!"
#5 - Los Angeles Kings (Last Ranking:
Dressed all in black, from their head to their foot,
Quick? Kopitar Struggling? This season is kaput!
Great amount of checkers
with grit galore,
Sad that not one of them knows how to score.
Coach Sutter stews silently, as the Kings grind and work,
After a loss,
short with the media: acting the jerk.
A scratch of the nose, a bite of
Why even bother, just rerun that previous interview clip.
#6 - Vancouver Canucks (Last Ranking: 6)
The stump of a
team, held together by money,
With talent so thin it almost seems funny.
Their coach on the hot seat, the roster most pitiful,
contending would be a holiday miracle.
Make the fans all snug in their
Let visions of Stanley Cups and 2011 'what ifs?' dance in their
As the Sedin's, Ryan Miller, and Loui Eriksson eat Cap,
settle their brains for a long, multi-season, winter nap.
Arizona Coyotes (Last Ranking: 7)
They look fearsome and quick, so
assured of themselves,
Yet I laughed at the standings, in spit of myself.
A -27 differential in 31 games hurts my head,
Though it lets everyone
know Arizona is nothing to dread.
Little good is happening in the
Desert this year,
Except more Trade Talk, and franchise future fear.
Yet at this festive time, let's end with something light:
Coyote Fans! Rejoice, there's no game that night!"
Ryan at at email@example.com
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