It seems very early to declare this, but there is some pretty clear separation in the Pacific Division between the upper-tier teams and the lower-tier teams. The Ducks, Sharks, Canucks, and Flames keep on chugging along, while the Oilers and Coyotes continue to bring up the rear.
Not a ton of huge single-game performances this week around the Pacific, so I'm sure there are plenty of other nominees that didn't make the cut this week. But here are my studs and duds for the last week.
Anaheim Ducks (10-3-0, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Corey Perry. A goal and an assist in the Ducks' 2-1 overtime win against Dallas, and then followed that up with a goal against Colorado. He's now up to 11 goals and 4 assists in the teams' 13 games this year. Insane.
Dud: Ryan Kesler. In the first two games of the week, Kesler had a combined 12-24 faceoff record. Man this team is good right now if that's the worst thing I could find.
Highlight: I'm not really sure what you call this move, but Cam Fowler passes the puck to himself in the slot to put the Ducks up 3-2 against the Avalanche.
Vancouver Canucks (8-4-0, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Brad Richardson. In just 12:43 of ice time, Richardson was able to bang home two goals against the Hurricanes last Tuesday on four shots. He also got in a fight with Jay McClement early in the third period of that game. Eventful night.
Dud: Radim Vrbata. Wanted to get Vrbata on here while I have the chance. A total of -2 +/- this week, and three giveaways. So glad he's gone!*
* = sarcasm
Highlight: Nick Bonino and Derek Dorsett do a little hot potato action before Bonino buries the first goal of the game against Vancouver.
Calgary Flames (7-4-2, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Johnny Gaudreau. The rook put up at least one point in each game this week, including a couple of two-point games. 14 shots on net, four assists and one goal in their three games.
Dud: Faceoff takers. Kind of amazing, but if you take out Matt Stajan's 12-2 performance against Montreal, the Flames went a combined 69-100 in the faceoff circle.
Highlight: Gaudreau brings the puck down into the zone, and after a rebound, Josh Jooris makes a nice little move to score the fist of six Calgary goals against Montreal.
San Jose Sharks (7-4-2, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Antti Niemi. 93 saves and six goals allowed this week for Niemi. The only loss for the Sharks was 4-3 in a shootout, a game where Niemi faced 46 shots.
Dud: Joe Pavelski. He had games with ten and seven shots on net, did not score a point in either of those games, and was -1 +/- in both. The third game? One shot on net, two assists, and two takeaways. OK then.
Highlight: There's a little bit of everything in this Logan Couture goal, including some sweet stick-handling, a great pass, a shot off the post, and then a goal.
Los Angeles Kings (6-4-2, 0-3-1 this week)
Stud: Alec Martinez. He had two goals this week. Good enough for stud rights on a team that has yet to win a road game this year, including these four road games this week.
Dud: Jonathan Quick. Last week, I was praising Quick for his hot streak. Now, three losses. Also, after that overtime loss to Philadelphia, he got hit with a ten-minute misconduct when the final goal scored was reviewed after Quick ended up in the net. I always find it amusing when guys get hit with penalties after the game is over.
Highlight: Want to see Jimmy Howard ride the struggle bus? Of course you do. Alec Martinez is the one who eventually capitalizes on the Red Wings goalie slipping around on the ice.
Edmonton Oilers (4-6-1, 0-2-0 this week)
Stud: David Perron. Perron's game against Vancouver included a goal on four shots, plus a takeaway and six hits without taking a penalty. Not a lot of great things happening for the Oilers this week.
Dud: Brad Hunt. Scrivens wasn't particularly bad this week, so I'm going to go with Hunt and his -3 +/- and two missed shots. Although losing Taylor Hall for a few weeks is probably the real dud of the week in Oilers' fans minds.
Highlight: Jordan Eberle shows off some fancy stickwork before taking a 1-0 lead on Vancouver.
Arizona Coyotes (4-6-1, 1-3-0 this week)
Stud: Shane Doan. In the game against the Capitals, Doan tallied two goals and an assist on four shots to get a much-needed win for the 'Yotes.
Dud: Mike Smith. In the Tampa Bay game, Smith gave up six goals on 33 shots before being pulled halfway through the third period. Devan Dubnyk wasn't much better this week. Dubnyk gave up six goals on 39 shots in his two appearances.
Highlight: Tobias Reider made his NHL debut in style, scoring his first career goal on a 2-on-1 with Shane Doan.
Thanks for joining me on this edition of This Week in the Pacific Division! If you think there's something I missed, let us know!