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Pacific Division Power Rankings #8
Zen Reflections Edition
3/25/15 - By Ryan Hall -

Well, here we are approaching the end of the regular season, and for some teams that means the golf game should soon be getting a serious workout. However, while some clubs are counting down the last miserable days of the schedule, others are gearing up for what they hope will be a long run of Spring-time hockey. This holds true of the Pacific division, where it appears that less than half of the teams will qualify for the postseason. As the pressure ramps up, staying calm and fighting through distractions will be the key - especially if you happen to be the fan of a team that is crashing is burning out of the race.

With that in mind, what better way is there to stay calm and balanced than to embrace one of the time honoured Zen Buddhist traditions of poetry; in particular the haiku! After all, if it can help you reach a state of inner calm on the road to Enlightenment, than calming a nervous hockey player (or fan) should be a piece of cake.

#1 - Anaheim Ducks

It's hard to find fault,

With a club that leads the West

And has all season.

They are the elite,

And won't be an easy out.

These Ducks are for real.

Last Ranking: 1

#2 - Calgary Flames

Tiny fists of icy rage*,

That's what Johnny Hockey has!

Scores goals every game.

The whole team is clutch.

Dismiss them at your peril.

They'd prefer you did.

Last Ranking: 4

#3 - Vancouver Canucks

No Ryan Miller?

The Sedin twins are washed up?

Rookie Coach? That's cool.

Sitting all pretty,

Van City's a playoff lock.

Who's doubting them still?

Last Ranking: 2

#4 - Los Angeles King

Last year's Champs look spent,

Too many miles on them. Now

Each games a must win.

Still, if they make it

Everyone will cower. Who

Wants to play the Kings?

Last Ranking: 3

#5 - San Jose Sharks

Soft goals, bad defense,

No scoring, angry Joe Thornton.

Playoff push? It's over.

Changes on the way,

Doug Wilson soon unemployed.

Dark times ahead, folks!

Last Ranking: 5

#6 - Edmonton Oilers

Better efforts, the

Emergence of Yak and Nuge!

Good coaching as well.

Could it be there's light

At the end of the tunnel?

Or just more false hope?

Last Ranking: 6

#7 - Arizona Coyotes

Losing costs nothing.

Other than pride and respect.

They'll lose Tippett too!

Playing out the stretch,

They're all in for McDavid

Will anyone care?

Last Ranking: 7

*Yes, that is too many syllables. But the phrase "Tiny fists of icy rage" just needed to be used.

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