Not sure how long everyone can still be surprised by the Flames, but seeing them in Glendale on Saturday gave me a new appreciation for what exactly is going on there this season.
I'll have a few words on what I saw from my favorite guy on that team, but let's take a look at some of the best and worst from Turkey Week in the Pacific Division.
Anaheim Ducks (15-6-5, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Corey Perry. In a 6-4 loss to the Sharks, Perry had two goals and an assist on six shots. He also had a goal earlier in the week against Calgary.
Dud: Andrew Cogliano. No points in four games for Cogliano. He also lost the only three faceoffs he took, and had three giveaways.
Highlight: Ryan Getzlaf's backhand pass through the slot is nice, finding Perry for the first of his two goals against San Jose.
Vancouver Canucks (16-7-1, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Ryan Miller. Back-to-back shutouts for Miller to give the Canucks their two wins this week. In those two shutouts, he stopped a total of 51 shots. He eventually came back down to earth against Detroit a little bit, giving up four goals on 29 shots in the loss.
Dud: Fourth-line production. The combination of Derek Dorsett, Jannik Hansen, and Bo Horvat combined for a grand total of zero points this week. They average just over ten minutes of ice time per game, so you'd think they'd at least accidentally get an assist or something.
Highlight: Radim Vrbata goes no-look pass from behind the net to Henrik Sedin
Calgary Flames (15-8-2, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Karri Ramo. I was at the Flames/Coyotes game, and some of the things Ramo did in that game were absolutely insane. He's another guy who had back-to-back shutouts this week. His came with 58 shots faced against the Yotes and the Sharks.
Dud: Johnny Gaudreau (not really). In the two non-Arizona games, he had zero points and two giveaways, which gives me some reason to talk about him here. Seeing that guy in person on Saturday was really something. He has the ability to make something out of nothing basically by himself. It's going to be awesome to watch this guy grow up in the league. After Arizona played Boston College in the Independence Bowl last year, I followed BC hockey a little bit because of the guys at BC Interruption, and it's just neat to watch a guy make the transition from college to the NHL so quickly. Calgary fans have a lot to be excited about.
Highlight: This Ramo save on Martin Erat hurt to watch.
Los Angeles Kings (12-7-5, 1-1-1 this week)
Stud: Martin Jones. The Kings' backup goalie played two of the three games this week, and had a shutout against the Wild. Overall, he stopped 58 of the 61 shots he faced in those two starts.
Dud: Anze Kopitar. No points and four giveaways on the week for Kopitar. He also had a missed shot in each game.
Highlight: This outlet pass from Jeff Carter to Marian Gaborik is a thing of beauty, and gave the Kings a 2-1 lead over Nashville at the time.
San Jose Sharks (11-10-4, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Tommy Wingels. In a 6-4 win against the Ducks, Wingels had a goal and three assists, as well as seven hits and two takeaways. Damn.
Dud: Marc-Edouard Vlasic. No points this week, and four giveaways in just two games. Brent Burns is right there with him with those stats.
Highlight: Joe Thornton throws a cross-ice pass to Joe Pavelski to score on the power play against Anaheim.
Arizona Coyotes (10-12-3, 1-1-1 this week)
Stud: Tobias Rieder. Two shorthanded goals to start the second period against the Oilers is fun. Especially when they're the first short-handers for the team all season. Nice to see Rieder being productive early on in his career.
Dud: Keith Yandle. I think you have to watch Yandle in person to understand just how mind-blowingly bad he is at getting back on defense right now. I was one of the few to vote for him in our blame game poll too.
Highlight: This is the second of Rieder's shorties. This one he leaves his feet sort of to get the puck in the net.
Edmonton Oilers (6-15-4, 0-2-2 this week)
Stud: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Three assists this week will do it for a team that's struggling as much as the Oilers. They finished November with a grand total of two wins.
Dud: Taylor Hall. Tyson Nash went in on Taylor Hall on Monday after two dumb penalties taken in the third period. And I think Nash had some good points. If you're Edmonton, why not sit Hall to make a statement and show him that kind of irresponsible play won't be tolerated? You're not going anywhere this year. Instead you run the risk of getting more of that, and what good does that do you?
Highlight: This is mostly just poor defense by the Blues, but Mark Arcobello takes advantage by streaking up the middle of the ice for the goal.
Thanks for stopping by TWIPD this week. What are your thoughts on the Flames and Johnny Gaudreau in particular? Let's talk about it in the comments section!