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This Week in the Pacific Division: Top teams dominate

A lot of winning records for the Pacific's better teams

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Another week, and even more separation between the top five teams and the bottom feeders.

The upper-tier teams all had positive weeks as they position themselves for the playoff race.

The highlight of the week comes from Kyle Chipchura, because the Yotes need a little recognition.

Here's a look at how the rest of the division did:

Anaheim Ducks (42-19-7, 2-2-0 this week)

Stud: A goal and three assists this week for Jakob Silfverberg as Anaheim's scoring was pretty well spread out amongst everyone.

Dud: No points for Ryan Getzlaf in the four games. Not ideal for a team chasing down the best record in the NHL and home ice throughout the playoffs.

Vancouver Canucks (38-24-4, 2-1-1 this week)

Stud: Three goals and an assist for my favorite Canuck of all time, Radim Vrbata. The former Coyote is up to 25 goals and 23 assists this season.

Dud: This is a small sample size, but Jacob Markstrom gave up three goals on four shots in 7:45. That was his only game this year, so his GAA for 2014-15 is 23.23, and his save percentage is .250. And you think Mike Smith is playing poorly.

Calgary Flames (36-25-5, 3-0-1 this week)

Stud: Probably stud of the week in the entire NHL is Jiri Hudler with his four goals and four assists. Hudler put up two points in each of the four games the Flames played.

Dud: It's tough to find a total dud for the high-scoring week that the Flames had, so let's go with Deryk Engelland and his one assist. He also had a couple of giveaways this week.

Los Angeles Kings (31-21-13, 2-0-1 this week)

Stud: Another guy with a goal and three assists this week was Anze Kopitar. He also had a 35-24 record in the faceoff circle.

Dud: No points for Jarret Stoll while averaging nearly 15 minutes a game.

San Jose Sharks (33-26-8, 2-1-0 this week)

Stud: Matt Nieto had three goals and an assist in San Jose's trio of games. That accounts for nearly half the goals he's scored this entire season (7).

Dud: Tommy Wingels failed to record a point, and is just flat-out struggling right now as he gets moved around the lineup.

Arizona Coyotes (21-38-8, 1-2-1 this week)

Stud: Penalty killing. Because this team doesn't have any studs anymore.

Dud: Every week that Shane Doan fails to record a point, he'll find himself here. This is another one of those weeks.

Edmonton Oilers (18-38-11, 0-3-1 this week)

Stud: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a hat trick against the Hurricanes, but Carolina also had a hat trick Elias Lindholm. It'd be pretty cool to see dueling hat tricks in person.

Dud: Andrew Ference is very committed to tanking, as he did not record a point this week.

The race for the playoffs among teams 2-5 is going to be fun to watch heading down the stretch.