Welcome to the first TWIPD of 2015! Hope everyone had a good New Year!
Back to normal after a weird couple weeks, so let's get it going!
Anaheim Ducks (26-9-6, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Matt Beleskey. Two goals and an assist in somewhat limited ice time over the final two games of the week is pretty good.
Dud: Tim Jackman. Poor Jackman only played about 20 minutes total in the three games, and only got in one fight.
Highlight: This is Kyle Palmieri's goal, but everything good about it is courtesy of Ryan Kesler.
Vancouver Canucks (22-12-3, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Radim Vrbata. Starting the new year off right here with a goal in each and every game by Vrbata. He also had an assist against the Kings.
Dud: Kevin Bieksa. In each and every game, Bieksa had exactly two giveaways and no points. That's good enough for dud honors for the week.
Highlight: The Canucks crash the net, and Bo Horvat ends up with a goal.
Los Angeles Kings (19-12-9, 1-0-2 this week)
Stud: Dwight King. In the crazy almost comeback against Nashville, King had two of the Kings' six goals. He also had a goal against the Canucks this week.
Dud: Jonathan Quick. That Nashville game has some insane stats. One of which is Quick giving up three goals on nine shots in just under ten minutes.
Highlight: Jeff Carter ties the game up at six with the Kings' third goal in the final two minutes.
San Jose Sharks (21-14-5, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Joe Pavelski. Three goals and two assists on the week for Pavelski, including a two-goal game against Anaheim.
Dud: Antti Niemi against St. Louis. Six goals given up on 27 shots before getting pulled early in the third period.
Highlight: This Pavelski goal is pretty meaningless because they lost 7-2, but still, that angle.
Calgary Flames (21-16-3, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Joe Colborne. This is a first-time appearance for Colborne as he scored two of the three goals he has this season in the game against Edmonton. In the second game, no points for Colborne, but three takeaways.
Dud: Markus Granlund. Uh, Granlund had a combined 1-13 faceoff record this week. Also, no points and four giveaways.
Highlight: I like this goal because of the "save attempt" by Ben Scrivens.
Arizona Coyotes (15-19-4, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Sam Gagner. A goal and two assists in the 6-3 win over Columbus. Add to that a couple takeaways and a dominating performance in the faceoff circle, and that puts him over Martin Hanzal in that game.
Dud: Devan Dubnyk. Losing 6-0 is never good. Dubnyk gave up six goals on 31 shots in the Dallas game.
Highlight: This Tobias Rieder goal every day please.
Edmonton Oilers (9-22-9, 2-0-2 this week)
Stud: Ben Scrivens. Scrivens played in all four of these games, and his worst night was against Calgary, where he gave up four goals on 28 shots in an overtime loss, including that hilarious goal above. The rest of the games: a combined 100 shots faced and just five goals allowed.
Dud: Mark Fayne. For a guy who plays about 20 minutes a game, to not record a single point in four games where there were a lot of points to go around is very dud-like.
Highlight: Matt Fraser goes bank shot off Jonas Hiller's back to get the goal.
And there you have it. The first edition of the New Year. Who knows, maybe this time next week, Edmonton will have reached the double-digit mark in wins.