The Pacific Division was quite competitive this week, as a bunch of teams had winning records over the past seven days. The flu-ridden Ducks remain atop the standings, but we'll see how long that lasts.
A couple of three-assist games were the offensive highlights of the week, while a couple of goalies rode hot streaks. Here's a look at the week that was out here in the Wild West.
Anaheim Ducks (10-3-3, 0-0-3 this week)
Stud: Matt Beleskey. The winger was the only player to score multiple goals this week for Anaheim in their three overtime losses. With Corey Perry out, the Ducks are struggling a little bit offensively.
Dud: Lysol. Seriously, how does a team get so many players sick all at once? Gotta disinfect that locker room a little better.
Highlight: Emerson Etem was in the right place at the right time to rifle this shot home past Jaroslav Halak.
Vancouver Canucks (11-5-0, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Nick Bonino. The week started off right for Bonino with a two-goal game against the Avalanche, and he followed that up with another goal against San Jose. It's also impressive that all of their games were on the road this week.
Dud: Ryan Miller. The goalie struggled against the Kings, giving up four goals on 22 shots in the first two periods. Eddie Lack came in to play the third period in that 5-1 loss.
Highlight: Bonino makes a nifty move against Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen in the shootout.
Calgary Flames (9-6-2, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Mark Giordano. The Flames defenseman had at least two points in three of the four games this week (2 G, 6 A total). That'll work.
Dud: Karri Ramo. The backup goalie finally got his chance, and blew it in a big way. Ramo gave up four goals in the first 33 minutes of the game against the Panthers. Jonas Hiller came in, and the Flames came back to win it with three goals in the third period.
Highlight: This drop pass by Jiri Hudler though. The goal by Lance Bouma ended up being the game-winner against Florida.
Los Angeles Kings (8-4-3, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Alec Martinez. Three assists in the 5-1 win over the Canucks for Martinez. Tyler Toffoli also had a goal and two assists in that game.
Dud: Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli gets the rare double this week. Not a lot went wrong for the Kings this week, but Toffoli turned the puck over three times during their shootout loss to the Islanders, which seems to be the worst thing that happened to them.
Highlight: Trevor Lewis does all the stick moves before sneaking the puck in the net while shorthanded.
San Jose Sharks (8-6-2, 1-2-0 this week)
Stud: Logan Couture. Another three assist game in the division this week, this one off the stick of Couture. He picked up the assist hat trick in a 5-3 win against the Stars.
Dud: Brent Burns. Burns had a weird week. One game, he's turning the puck over five times. The next he's scoring two goals. Then the next he's -3 +/-. Don't think it's a good thing to have a defenseman putting up performances all over the map like that.
Highlight: There's just a lot of good stuff in here.
Arizona Coyotes (6-7-1, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Mike Smith. Don't look now, but Mike Smith seems to have fixed whatever was going on at the start of the season (or the defense is better). Just five goals allowed on 102 shots faced in the Coyotes' three games this week. Also, a couple of low-scoring wins, something that hadn't happened the first couple weeks.
Dud: B.J. Crombeen. Dude can't get on the ice. The most ice time he had in a game this week was 7:23. There's really not a better option to put out there on the fourth line?
Highlight: Persistence pays off for Antoine Vermette on this goal. As the saying goes, If at first you don't succeed, skate around the net and hope the puck's sitting there.
Edmonton Oilers (6-8-1, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. A goal and an assist on five shots was the singular best offensive performance for the Oilers as they adjust to life without Taylor Hall. Splitting four road games is pretty good though, especially for this team.
Dud: Viktor Fasth. He made up for it later in the week, but on Tuesday against the Flyers, Fasth gave up four goals on 25 shots. All four goals were in the first 32 minutes of the game.
Highlight: Boyd Gordon is already making his way down to the ice, but that doesn't stop him from putting a nice feed from Teddy Purcell behind the goalie.
Pretty good week for the division in general with just one team below .500. Thanks for joining me for this edition of 'This Week in the Pacific Division'. Here's to a lot more weeks with almost all winning teams.