After a thrilling season, the NHL is officially over for another year. So, the team at SportsTips thought it would be a good idea to go through every team in the Pacific Division, and have a look at the year that was!
It was a rough season for the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22 as they were treading water for the first part of the year. However, a lengthy losing streak virtually relegated them to the bottom of the Pacific Division for the rest of the year.
They would go on to finish the season with a record of 31-37-14 and in seventh place of the division, sixteen points ahead of National Hockey League newcomers, the Seattle Kraken. Anaheim was subpar both at home and on the road as they struggled to find any consistency throughout the entire season.
“We are really pleased with the outcome.”
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— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) July 8, 2022
Their lone bright spot was eventual Calder Memorial Trophy finalist (the National Hockey League’s Rookie Of The Year) Trevor Zegras. He would go on to finish his first full season in the league with 23 goals and 38 assists.
However, he would lose the award despite his impressive year and the numerous highlight plays that he made throughout the season. Troy Terry would end up leading the Ducks in both goals with 37 and total points with 67. While Zegras led the Ducks with his 38 assists on the year.
The 2021-22 campaign was an impressive one for the Calgary Flames. As no pun intended, they would catch fire at the halfway point of the year and go on to win the Pacific Division. They finished the year with a record of 50-21-11 and would win the Pacific by eleven points.
They scored the 5th most goals in the National Hockey League and second most in the Western Conference behind the eventual Stanley Cup winners the Colorado Avalanche.
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— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 12, 2022
They would then go on to win an incredible first round series with the Dallas Stars in seven games before their rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, would get the last laugh by defeating them in five games in the second round.
They were balanced across the board as they had the same record at home and on the road, and picked up 25 wins in both categories. Elias Lindholm and Matt Tkachuk tied for the team lead in goals with 42 each, while Johnny Gaudreau led in assists, points, and plus/minus.
It was a pretty successful campaign for the Edmonton Oilers, as they would parlay a successful regular season into an appearance in the Western Conference Finals. The Oilers would go on to finish the regular season with a record of 49-27-6 as they would finish in second place of the Pacific Division.
Despite the fact that they lost the division to their rivals the Calgary Flames, as previously mentioned it would be the Oilers that would get the last laugh as they defeated them in the second round of the playoffs in five games. In the first round of the 2021-22 Stanley Cup Playoffs they defeated the Los Angeles Kings in seven games.
#Oilers defenceman Duncan Keith has announced his retirement.
Thank you, Duncan, for the invaluable veteran leadership you brought to the team during the 2021-22 season & congratulations on an outstanding @NHL career!
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 12, 2022
Unfortunately the success would stop there after their first two series victories, as they would lose to the eventual Stanley Cup trophy winners, the Colorado Avalanche in four games in the Western Conference Finals.
They were electric at home finishing with a record of 28-12-1 and average on the road, finishing only one game above .500 with a record of 21-15-5. As expected Connor McDavid led the way, finishing first in assists, points, and plus/minus, while Leon Draisaitl led the team with 55 goals.
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings had a decent season as they worked hard throughout 82 games. They managed to fight their way into the 2021-22 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, unfortunately they lost in the first round to the Edmonton Oilers after a hard fought seven game series. They finished the regular season with a record of 44-27-11.
They were one of the few teams in the National Hockey League to do better on the road than they did at home, as they finished the year with 23 wins on the road and only 21 at home.
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— LA Kings (@LAKings) July 10, 2022
In terms of goals scored and goals against, they were virtually even as they scored 239 but gave up 236. They had a slow start to the season but came out of virtually nowhere to claim the third and final spot in the Pacific Division.
Adrian Kempe led the team in goals and Anze Kopitar led the team in assists and points. They lost one of the franchises all time greats when Dustin Brown retired at the end of the season after an 18 year career. He spent his entire 18 year career with the Los Angeles Kings organization.
San Jose Sharks
It was an absolutely miserable year for the San Jose Sharks as they were virtually relegated to the bottom of the Pacific Division standings for the majority of the season. They would end up finishing the season in sixth place in the division and 12th place in the Western Conference out of 16 teams.
They ended the year with a record of 32-37-13 as they finished 18 games below the .500 mark. San Jose struggled to win at home as they ended the year with a record of 18-23 and on the road as well as they finished 14-27.
We’re rolling in Day 2 😁
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— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) July 8, 2022
The Sharks were outscored by 50 in terms of goal difference as they scored 214 but gave up 264. It got so bad at one point that they fired their general manager and still have yet to hire an official one for the upcoming 2022-23 season, as well as a head coach.
Timo Meier led the team in goals and points with 35 goals and 76 total points. They only had one month where they finished above .500 and that was the first month of the year where they went 5-3 in October before everything went downhill.
Their introductory season in the National Hockey League did not go like the Seattle Kraken would have hoped. However, it is fair to say that the expectations may have been set a bit too high after the way the Vegas Golden Knights came in and took over the league in year one.
They earned their first victory on October 14th against the Nashville Predators in their second ever game. The Seattle Kraken finished the 2021-22 regular season as the worst team in the Pacific Division and as the second worst team in the entire Western Conference ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes.
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— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 6, 2022
Their final record on the season was 27-49-6 as they finished a massive 28 games below the .500 mark for the year. They were bad at home and even more abysmal on the road as they ended the year with a 16-25 record at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle and a 11-30 record outside of the Pacific Northwest region.
They were outscored by nearly 70 goals as they only netted 216 but gave up 285 on the year. Jared McCann led the team in goals with 27 and total points with 50, while Vince Dunn was the leading assist man with 28.
The Vancouver Canucks are a team on the rise but they have had a ton of bumps and bruises along the way. They finished the 2021-22 campaign with a record of 40-30-12, they finished the season with 249 goals scored and 236 goals against. They had a strong end to the season as they won six out of their last ten games on the year.
They finished seven points short of third place in the Pacific Division as they ended the year in fifth place. They were in the playoff race until the very final stretch of the 2021-22 National Hockey League season and will likely have a ton of momentum coming into the brand new 2022-23 season because of their strong finish.
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— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) July 12, 2022
Vancouver was one more piece away from being a playoff team last season in my opinion, as they were competitive in the majority of their games and really ramped up their play during the second half of the season.
Despite the fact they finished the year at home and on the road under the .500 mark. JT Miller was the star of the show as he led the team in goals, assists, total and points as well.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights had an up and down season like no other. They led the Pacific Division for the majority of the year before injuries caught up to them. They would go on to miss the playoffs entirely and you cannot help but think it was a huge missed opportunity for this young franchise.
They would go to finish the season with a record of 43-31-8 and miss out on the Stanley Cup playoffs by a few games after their devastating second half collapse. They scored 266 goals on the season which would be good for sixth place in the Western Conference and would only give up 248, as they ended the year with a plus 18 goal differential.
Gotta bust a move if Bruce is watching 🏃💨 pic.twitter.com/MrAzUsLgsq
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) July 12, 2022
It was the first time in their short five year history that they failed to reach the playoffs and only the third time that they failed to outright win the Pacific Division. Johnathon Marchessault led the way with 30 goals and in total points with 66.
While Chandler Stephenson was the assist leader with 43. They finished the season with winning records both at home in Vegas and out on the road, as their final home record was 22-19 and their final road record was 21-20.
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