The Pacific Division has proven once again to be in the elite of NHL's divisions for a second year in a row. "West Coast Hockey" as its been dubbed, has players in every dressing room always insecure about their playoff spots and even their jobs, as the teams are in a nightly battle for seeding supremacy.
It used to be a battle mainly between the superpowers of the Pacific—San Jose and Los Angeles. But as we've seen this year, Dallas has begun to fight back and remind everyone that they are still there. Even Phoenix has started to garner a voice, still looking to win the franchise's first ever playoff series. Today they announced a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets as they acquired talented player Antoine Vermette.
But the boss of the west the last four years has been the Sharks, as they have won the division every year in as many. Right now they once again sit atop the Pacific Division. Their staggering play as of late could find them in a position comparable to Dallas' last year, fighting for a playoff spot until the very last game of the season if their attitude doesn't improve—and fast.
Let's take a look at what the Sharks need to do to continue their reign as Pacific Division champions.