Welcome back to the latest edition of 'This Week in the Pacific Division', where the Ducks can't lose, and the Oilers can't win.
This week saw some great goaltending, and some horrible goaltending, as well as a hat trick here and there, and a bunch of shootouts. Let's take a look at some of the best individual performances from the last week.
Anaheim Ducks (5-1-0 overall, 3-0-0 this week)
Stud: Frederik Anderson. Anderson allowed just four goals on 98 shots faced in the Ducks' three games this week, including pitching a shutout against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Dud: Hampus Lindholm. The Duck defenseman had four giveaways against the Minnesota Wild on Friday. Let's be real though, not a lot to complain about when a team goes undefeated in dominating fashion like the Ducks did.
Highlight: Ryan Getzlaf's pass to Matt Beleskey to get a goal late in the second period against Philadelphia is so sick.
San Jose Sharks (4-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 this week)
Stud: Joe Pavelski. Pavelski had the game of the week for the Sharks, picking up a goal and two assists in their 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Pavelski did that on just three shots on net. He also won 13-of-21 faceoffs that night. For the week, Pavelski had two goals total, had a 4 +/-, and went 36-28 in the faceoff circle.
Dud: Antti Niemi. He made up for it later in the week, but against the Capitals last Tuesday, Niemi gave up five goals on 34 shots. Washington made it easy on him in the shootout, only putting one of their three attempts on net.
Highlight: Tommy Wingels found himself on a surprise breakaway in the third period against Washington, and took a couple hacks at the puck before finally putting it home.
Los Angeles Kings (4-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 this week)
Stud: Jonathan Quick. Quick got off to a rough start this year, earning dud honors last week, but he really got it turned around the last three games. Two goals allowed on 116 total shots this week. Yeah, that's pretty good.
Dud: Anze Kopitar. Tough to find a bad performance on the Kings this week, but Kopitar will get the coveted title of Dud by having five giveaways and losing more faceoffs than winning in the game against the Blues on Thursday.
Highlight: This Tyler Toffoli shorthanded goal against Edmonton is some kind of nice.
Calgary Flames (4-3-0 overall, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Johnny Gaudreau. Not a lot of big performances somehow for a team that went 3-1, but Gaudreau gets the nod here for his goal and assist Monday against the Jets, just two days after being a healthy scratch. Think this kid will find himself on this post for good and bad reasons a lot this year.
Dud: Mark Giordano. In that same game for the Flames, Giordano had four giveaways, two missed shots, and two blocked shots. Yeah, not a lot of horrible things happening for Calgary.
Highlight: This is Josh Jooris' first-career NHL goal, courtesy of an amazing outlet pass from dud of the week Mark Giordano.
Vancouver Canucks (3-1-0 overall, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Radim Vrbata. Welcome back to the stud position for the second-straight week Vrbata! Goal and an assist against Edmonton followed up with a five-shot game against the Lightning. Having the Sedin twins around him seems to really be paying off.
Dud: Eddie Lack. Vancouver's backup goalie gave up four goals on just 24 shots against Tampa Bay.
Highlight: Chris Higgins tied the Tampa Bay game up at one with this nifty stick work.
Arizona Coyotes (2-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Mikkel Boedker. Boedker's hat trick in the 7-4 win over Edmonton was obviously the performance of the week for the Coyotes. It was awesome to witness it in person. And he had an assist. Made it not all about him.
Dud: Oliver Ekman-Larsson. I would put Mike Smith here, but the defense has been abysmal. OEL's at the center of that, and he just looked awful during that Oilers game last Wednesday. Only three points and a -4 +/- so far this year.
Highlight: Here is Boedker putting home the empty-netter to seal his first-career hat trick.
Edmonton Oilers (1-4-1 overall, 1-3-0 this week)
Stud: Taylor Hall. Overshadowed by Boedker was the game Hall was able to put up in Gila River Arena, tallying two goals and an assist on four shots. He also had a goal on a penalty shot and an assist in Edmonton's first win of the season against Tampa Bay on Monday.
Dud: Ben Scrivens. I'm sticking with the game I went to, and Scrivens was horrible that night. Six goals given up on 29 shots faced. It was just brutal.
Highlight: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers their first win of the year Monday night with this game-winner late in the third period.
Thanks for coming for the latest edition of 'This Week in the Pacific Division'! Remember to tweet any memorable performances or highlights you see to me @jasonbartel.