We've made it through another week in the Pacific, and things are starting to separate. The Ducks and Canucks are clearly the class of the field, with the Flames surprising people, and the Oilers sputtering.
Not a lot of great goaltending performances this week, so we had tons of goals to choose from. Here's a look at some of the best and worst from out west as we head into Thanksgiving.
Anaheim Ducks (13-4-5, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Sami Vatanen. A goal and two assists for the defenseman in their game Tuesday against Calgary. It was a weird one though, as Vatanen was -1 +/- that night, along with two takeaways, two giveaways, and three blocked shots. Essentially, he was doing literally everything, good and bad.
Dud: Corey Perry. Just an assist over the course of the week for Perry, and a -4 +/-. Probably won't get the chance to put him here a lot, so I'm taking advantage of that opportunity.
Highlight: No one on the Canucks seems to know how the puck gets to Andrew Cogliano here, but it does, and results in Anaheim's first goal of the night.
Vancouver Canucks (14-6-1, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Jannik Hansen. A hat trick for Hansen against the Blackhawks gets it done over Radim Vrbata's four goals over the course of the week. But seriously, Vrbata had four goals this week.
Dud: Kevin Bieksa. Zero points while averaging about 24 minutes of ice time each game. Plus a total of five giveaways and nine PIM.
Highlight: This is goal number two of the Hansen hat trick. Pretty awesome deflection in front of the net.
Calgary Flames (13-7-2, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Dennis Wideman. Three goals for a defenseman in a week is pretty good. The shootouts were pretty studly for the Flames as well. That's how they won both games.
Dud: Deryk Engelland. On the flip side, no points for this defenseman. Also, a couple giveaways, and he got in a fight with Tim Jackman.
Highlight: With five seconds left against the Devils, Curtis Glencross sneaks this one into the net, forcing OT, and an eventual Calgary win in the shootout.
Los Angeles Kings (11-6-4, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Justin Williams. The man recorded a point in each game (2 G, 2 A), as well as picking up a blocked shot and hit here and there.
Dud: Jonathan Quick. The rest of his week was decent, but Quick gave up five goals on 23 shots against the Stars, good for a .783 save percentage.
Highlight: Here's one of those Williams goals. This is his second of the night against Dallas.
San Jose Sharks (10-9-4, 0-1-2 this week)
Stud: Logan Couture. On a week where there wasn't a whole lot of offense for San Jose, Couture managed to notch a point in each game (1 G, 2 A).
Dud: Troy Grosenick. Despite facing only 13 shots against Buffalo, the backup goalie somehow allowed three of those shots to get by him.
Highlight: A bit of a pileup in front of Roberto Luongo results in this Couture goal.
Arizona Coyotes (9-11-2, 1-2-1 this week)
Stud: Sam Gagner. Gagner's been one of the most consistent players of late, and that's shown itself with three assists over this four-game stretch.
Dud: Lucas Lessio. No points to show for his work this week, and this.
Three straight times Lucas Lessio had a chance to get the puck in deep and didn't. Those are the details Tippett talks about.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) November 24, 2014
The Coyotes have assigned F Lucas Lessio to the Portland Pirates of the AHL.— Craig Morgan (@cmorganfoxaz) November 24, 2014
Highlight: The puck movement on this David Schlemko goal needs to become more of the norm.
Edmonton Oilers (6-13-2, 0-3-0 this week)
Stud: Steven Pinizzotto. Who is this? I have no idea. But he had a goal and an assist in the Oilers' 5-4 loss to Vancouver.
Dud: Ben Scrivens. In two games, Scrivens gave up ten goals on 44 shots faced. He was yanked halfway through the team's final game of the week for Viktor Fasth, who was much more effective this week in comparison.
Highlight: If you're going to lose 7-1, you may as well make that one count. David Perron did that.
Hope you enjoyed this week's look at the Pacific Division! Have a nice Thanksgiving, and see everyone back here next Tuesday.