It's post-All-Star Break season, which means it's time to see who's for real, and who's not.
One team we know is not is the Edmonton Oilers, but that didn't stop them from providing the highlight of the week, as Rob Klinkhammer won a shootout in the 13th round against San Jose.
Anaheim Ducks (32-12-6, 1-2-0 this week)
Stud: A new name here with Rickard Rakell putting up two goals and two assists on the week. That brings him up to five career goals.
Dud: Six goals on 25 shots faced given up by Ilya Bryzgalov against the Sharks. That's a humongous big number of goals right there.
San Jose Sharks (27-17-7, 2-0-1 this week)
Stud: Six assists from Joe Thornton as well as a goal as the Sharks closed the gap on the Ducks ever so slightly. There were a lot of big performances across the board from San Jose this week.
Dud: Having the only non-win of the week come against the Oilers is pretty bad, especially when it's decided in a 13-round shootout.
It was a very 'Left Shark' thing of them do to.
Calgary Flames (28-20-3, 3-1-0 this week)
Stud: Sean Monahan picked up two goals and an assist as the Flames got the second half of the season started off on the right foot.
Dud: One of the lone players with no points this week was Deryk Engelland. Sorry buddy.
Vancouver Canucks (27-18-3, 1-2-0 this week)
Stud: After getting shutout by the Ducks, Henrik Sedin picked up three assists in the next two games for Vancouver. Though, one of those games was against Buffalo, so it may not count.
Dud: No points on the week for Alex Burrows while getting six shots on net.
Los Angeles Kings (21-16-12, 1-1-0 this week)
Stud: Two goals and an assist from Jeff Carter against the Blackhawks is enough to get it done for stud honors this week. He also had a takeaway and was 9-6 in the faceoff circle.
Dud: I'm going to give this one to Alec Martinez for his three giveaways in that same game, but it was a close race between a lot of guys. Los Angeles is taking its sweet time looking like a playoff team.
Arizona Coyotes (18-26-6, 2-1-1 this week)
Stud: Lauri Korpikoski got this portion of the schedule started off well with a couple goals and a couple assists in the last three games. The race to ten goals for the season is on!
Dud: There were actually a lot of points to go around for the Yotes this week, and Kyle Chipchura and David Moss managed to get zero of those points. Moss apparently will never score a goal again.
Edmonton Oilers (14-28-9, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: After not scoring in the first two games after the break, Jordan Eberle put up three goals and an assist in the last two games.
Dud: Only one assist in the four games for Nail Yakupov. Also, a look at these two teams' records for this week indicates that neither of them can tank correctly.
Thanks for coming. See you next week!