Stars Ups & Downs: Week 14

The Stars continued to roll this past week picking up three wins in four games and at least acquiring a point in the one shoot-out loss they did have.  Of course as such, the ups and downs for this week are mostly on the positive side with only a small handful trending downward.

Goalies Trend Notes
Kari Lehtonen http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Back to making the key save at the right time for this team as he did against Chicago.  Made a few too many saves in the win against the Oilers as  it would sure be nice to see him get the kind of defensive support Raycroft seems to get.
Andrew Raycroft http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Yet another shutout in a game against Minnesota where he played well, yet also had plenty of defensive support as was previously mentioned.
Defensemen
Trevor Daley
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Has actually played even better at both ends of the ice since his contract extension.
Jeff Woywitka
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Had a better week than last.  When he is on his game, not many opposing players can skate around him.
Nicklas Grossman
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Steady, reliable defensive play from Grossman as always.
Matt Niskanen
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png The injury wasn't really his fault, but when he comes back it could be a battle between him and Fistric to see who gets regular playing time.
Stephane Robidas
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Don't worry Robi, you're still an all-star to us...  But the time off later this month will probably go a long way in keeping you on the ice for the stretch drive.
Karlis Skrastins
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png There should be a law against skating backward in a pre-game or pre-period warm up skate.
Mark Fistric
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Injuries have put Fistric back into the lineup and he's done ok with his chance to impress on the coaches to stay in the lineup once others get healthy.
Forwards
Jamie Benn
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png He has 12 goals on the season and at least 8 of those goals have been of the jaw-dropping 'did-you-see-what-he-did-on-that-play' variety.  No wonder he's getting to be a big fan favorite.
Tom Wandell http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png When he uses his speed and works hard, you get solid results like he has against the Hawks and Rangers.  When he doesn't, he drops off the map like he did against the Wild and Oilers.
Adam Burish
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Is getting this nasty habit of running into goalies and wiping out potential Stars goals...  That's the downside to having a player who works as hard as Adam and isn't afraid to crash the net.
Loui Eriksson
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Long overdue kudos for Loui on the All-Star bid and had points in all four games this week.
Brenden Morrow
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had been doing a lot of scoring on the score sheet lately and as the Oilers Kurtis Foster found out at the end of Tueday's game, is still not one to mess with in a scrum "broken nose or not"
James Neal
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png To borrow a phrase from a basketball video game: "He's heating up!"
Steve Ott
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Was maybe a little too preoccupied with causing havoc against the Rangers which took him off his game, otherwise another good week from him.
Mike Ribeiro
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png The Stars power play has only managed two goals in the last four games... Ribs has both of them.
Brad Richards
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Now at 50 points and well on his way to a career year which has been made even sweeter with his first All-Star game invite.
Krys Barch
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png His role is to be an energy guy and provide a spark even with limited ice time...  Didn't really happen that much this past week.
Brandon Segal
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Last week we saw healthy scratches in his future...  Of course that won't happen now as he was sent to the Texas Stars after clearing waivers.
Brian Sutherby
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png If there was an 'audition' after the Langenbrunner trade to see which of the Stars fourth-liners would stay up, scoring a goal against the Rangers was a great way to say "you should keep me here"
Jamie Langenbrunner
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Has looked good so far in his return to Dallas by generating some prime scoring chances in both games he's played.
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