The race for second is going to be the most entertaining thing in the West coming down the stretch, as the Ducks seem to have pulled away. The Flames won twice over the Sharks in the past six days to vault them up there for the time being, but all four teams are within five points of each other right now.
I was a little bit worried about the highlight of the week heading into Monday, but then the magical Mike Smith came through against the Blackhawks with this:
Now onto the rest of the teams.
Anaheim Ducks (34-13-7, 2-1-1 this week)
Stud: Going with Jakob Silfverberg for this week just because I don't know when else I'll be able to. Two goals and two assists in the first three games of the week, as well as a couple of takeaways.
Dud: No points for Tim Jackman as he continues to be awful.
Calgary Flames (30-21-3, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Two goals for Jiri Hudler in the two games against San Jose.
Meanwhile Gaudreau's biological father stares at the ice as his son's new father creates magic with his son. Jiri and Johnny forever.— Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) February 10, 2015
Dud: Going to give it to Mikael Backlund for his zero point performance in three games while averaging over 18 minutes of ice time.
San Jose Sharks (28-20-7, 1-3-0 this week)
Stud: Chris Tierney scored his first career goal this week, and also added three assists to that. Really though, this was a bad week for San Jose.
Dud: One of the reasons it wasn't a good week was probably the fact that Joe Thornton only had one assist in these four games.
Vancouver Canucks (29-20-3, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: A goal and three assists for Radim Vrbata. Pretty sure I've had him on here at least half the time.
Dud: Ryan Miller would have gotten this, but he had a shutout against the Penguins, so Nick Bonino and his scoreless week earns the honor.
Los Angeles Kings (23-18-12, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Marian Gaborik put up the same numbers as Vrbata, as both teams finished the week with the same record, so they're basically the same guy or something.
Dud: 12 goals on 101 shots faced for Jonathan Quick this week, good for an .881 save percentage. Not stellar. But remember:
To clarify, that's 10 years after next year -- so 11 years in total of our goaltender being better than yours.— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 28, 2012
Arizona Coyotes (20-27-7, 2-1-1 this week)
Stud: Keith Yandle is on a long point streak right now. In fact, one of the longest in the league this year.
With Yandle's assist (7-gm pt streak) he ties the longest point streak in the NHL this season for consecutive games with a point but 0 goals— Graham Taylor (@goldencanuck) February 10, 2015
Dud: Martin Erat had no points. Neither did Sam Gagner somehow.
Edmonton Oilers (15-30-9, 1-2-0 this week)
Stud: I guess this goes to Nail Yakupov because he had the GWG against the Devils. This team is so bad man.
Dud: Everyone else. And Toronto because:
Huh. Edmonton is horrible, yet they're a short run of luck away from being right there with Toronto.— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) February 6, 2015
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