This is not a drill! Edmonton won a game!
The top of the division continues to roll, while the bottom, is well, the bottom for a reason. Time to take a stroll through the Pacific as we look at the best and worst performers from the past seven days.
Anaheim Ducks (18-6-5, 3-0-0 this week)
Stud: Ryan Kesler. Three goals and an assist for Kesler during the Ducks' unbeaten week. Against the Wild, he had two goals and an assist, and also blocked four shots that night.
Dud: Nate Thompson. No points this week, and also a cool 21-23 record in the faceoff circle. But being honest, not a lot to complain about from the Ducks this week.
Highlight: It's kind of entertaining to watch Tim Jackman get his own rebound off the defenseman and bury the puck on his second try.
Vancouver Canucks (18-8-2, 2-1-1 this week)
Stud: Eddie Lack. The backup picked up his fifth-career shutout against the Penguins. In two starts and a relief appearance, Lack stopped 75 of the 79 shots he faced.
Dud: Ryan Miller. On the flip side, Miller got pulled after giving up four goals on 14 shots against Toronto. In total, seven goals allowed on 39 shots this week.
Highlight: I know I like to put Radim Vrbata in here a lot because I miss him, but this is ridiculous.
Calgary Flames (17-9-2, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey scored at least a point in each game this week (1 G, 2 A). That's better than Josh Jooris' hat trick against the Coyotes because Jooris was invisible the other two games.
Dud: Markus Granlund. No points this week for Granlund. 13-28 record in the faceoff circle as well. Good job, good effort.
Highlight: This is just one reason why I like Gaudreau so much. He chips the puck into the zone to himself, then makes a beautiful pass to the front of the net for this Dennis Wideman goal.
Los Angeles Kings (14-8-5, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Goalies. Both Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones pitched shutouts this week. That'll work when you're trying to get back into the upper half of the division.
Dud: Jake Muzzin. No points and five giveaways this week for Muzzin. Not exactly a great ratio there.
Highlight: This is the most entertaining goal of the week for the Kings, if for no other reason than all of the chaos happening in front of the net for about five seconds.
San Jose Sharks (14-11-4, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Tommy Wingels. Two goals and three assists happened this week for Wingels. He also kept up the physicality with 17 hits, and had a few takeaways.
Dud: Sunday's game. The Shorks became the first team in the Western Conference to lose a game to Edmonton this year, and ended the Oilers' looooong losing streak.
Highlight: This Patrick Marleau pass out of the corner is pretty incredible.
Arizona Coyotes (10-15-3, 0-3-0 this week)
Stud: Keith Yandle. I do this unwillingly, but Yandle was the only Coyote to score more than one point this week (2 A).
Dud: Gila River Arena. Seven straight losses at home now. The last home win was November 4th vs. Toronto.
Highlight: The highlight here is just how pumped Sam Gagner was to score on a basically empty net.
Edmonton Oilers (7-15-5, 1-0-1 this week)
Stud: David Perron. A goal and an assist in the two games this week, including the game-winner against San Jose to end the streak.
Dud: Taylor Hall. I'm just going to leave him in the dud spot for the second-straight week thanks to four giveaways in the win. He tried his hardest to keep that losing streak going.
Highlight: And here is the goal that ended the long string of suffering for Oilers fans.
And there you have it. Another week in, another week of the top group pulling away from the bottom. But hey, the Oilers won a game!