Dallas Stars Ups & Downs - Week 8

We can all agree four wins this week is great, but of course we all know those were not all exactly perfect wins.  Still, as Brad mentioned in a post over the weekend we Dallas Stars fans should be feeling quite positive about the players overall and this weeks ups and downs reflects that.

Goalies Trend Notes
Kari Lehtonen
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png I know many would name Brad Richards as the automatic Stars MVP so far this season, but Kari would deserve a fair amount of votes as well including mine.
Andrew Raycroft
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Only had the one start and it was a good one against Ottawa.  True the defense in front of him played exceptionally well, but a goalie does need to make saves even if he only faces a small amount of shots.
Defensemen
Trevor Daley
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png He sure seems to be doing a lot more deep-in-the-opposing zone rushes isn't he?  His speed will allow it and as long as he keeps working hard every game fans should be happy with it.
Jeff Woywitka
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's not going to replace the kind of play that Mark Fistric brings, but he kept his play simple and was a nice replacement for Dallas.
Nicklas Grossman
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png In open ice he may struggle a little, but if he catches a guy along the boards he is automatic to shut them down.
Matt Niskanen
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Play was sub-par and was one of only two defensemen for the Stars to be a minus player this week.  Skrastins was the other.
Stephane Robidas
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Last night better not have been Robi's last visit to Carolina this season.  I fully expect him to be back there in late Janurary.
Karlis Skrastins
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png I'm sorry I jinxed you Karlis.  A day after I threw out the comment that he hadn't misplayed much in a long while, he goes and find himself in some very poor positions against the Sens and the home game against the Blues.
Forwards
Jamie Benn
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Add Erik Johnson's name to the "Jamie Benn made me look like a fool handling the puck" club which also counts Tyler Myers and Drew Doughty as members.
Krys Barch
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Injured in the Ottawa game, so consider this a big 'incomplete'
Tom Wandell http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Started getting better as the week went on.  Needs to keep using his speed to generate open ice for himself.
Adam Burish
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Any time the Stars get the puck and he's on the ice, he's almost automatically crashing the net.  He's due for a goal or two.
Loui Eriksson
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Finally snapped the nine game goal drought and at the same time has hopefully re-sparked the Stars power play.
Brenden Morrow
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had a pretty good week point production wise and everywhere else - shots, hits, hustle - he was every bit a leader.
James Neal
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png 'Real Deal' is back in full effect.  An absolute beast against the Hurricanes.
Steve Ott
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Too bad the term 'Dynamic Duo' is already taken because Ott along with Benn on the penalty kill - and pretty much any time they are together on the ice - has been exactly that.
Toby Petersen
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Did have a bit better of a week compared to the previous week.
Mike Ribeiro
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Two of his three goals and game winners.  Of course he continues to be as fine a puck passer as there is in the western conference.
Brad Richards
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png For you Twitter users, maybe it's time to start a #KeepRichardsInDallas meme.
Brandon Segal
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's starting to develop some nice chemistry with Wandell, but he needs to take a cue from Burish and crash the net as often as possible.
Brian Sutherby
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Started two very ill-advised fights and lost them both handily.  Please keep the gloves on!
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