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Pacific Division Power Rankings - Half Way Haiku's Edition
To Be or Not To Be
1/9/18 - By Ryan Hall -

Here we are at the halfway mark of the NHL season, and by this point what you see is what you get. It's very hard for a team to have hidden their warts for 40+ games, and even more challenging to address those holes in a meaningful way mid-campaign. With nearly 2 months until the trade deadline, everyone is stuck with what they got during these dog days of the season.

In the midst of these doldrums, it's easy to fall into depression, grapple with anxiety, or perhaps even rage against the management that iced this abomination of a team. So, as a public service to all you loyal readers, let me help you find a calm, relaxed, and Zen state of mind by providing you with some Half Way Haiku's.

NOTE: Power Rankings reflect a teams' performance + expectations + recent play.

#1 - Las Vegas Golden Knights

Who would have thought this?

Knights a legit contender.

'Vegas Strong' they stand!

Last Ranking: 1

#2 - Calgary Flames

Heating up right now,

Flames surge led by youth and grit.

Coach may be nuts, though.

Last Ranking: 3

#3 - Anaheim Ducks

Kesler, Bieksa,

Getzlaf and Perry as well

So much to hate here.

Last Ranking: 6

#4 - Los Angeles Kings

Streaky go the Kings.

Are they for real? Pretenders?

All depends on Quick.

Last Ranking: 5

#5 - San Jose Sharks

So many blown leads.

Identity in tatters.

At least we got beards.

Last Ranking: 4

#6 - Edmonton Oilers

Promise means nothing.

Fragile squad is fading fast.

Somewhere, Coach Todd weeps

Last Ranking: 7

#7 - Vancouver Canucks

Canucks very plain,

Except for stud Brock Boeser:

Star in the making.

Last Ranking: 2

#8 - Arizona Coyotes

They're simply awful.

Can't score, defend, or goaltend.

No fans? Can't blame them.

Last Ranking: 8

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