Stars Ups & Downs: Week 15

DALLAS TX - JANUARY 15: Adam Burish #16 of the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal against the Atlanta Thrashers at American Airlines Center on January 15 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We delayed this week's edition of U&D's to get a better sample size of three games, but when the Stars manage to win all three games as you may have guess, there isn't too much to be "down" about as you will all see after the jump...

Goalies Trend Notes
Kari Lehtonen http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Made 82 saves off of 86 shots in his three wins and finally is starting to win over his many, many critics that were expecting him to spend most of the season on the IR let alone lead the Stars to 4th overall.
Andrew Raycroft http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217737/down.png Of course he didn't see any playing time this past week, but someone has to get an down arrow this week and we really gotta question his use of glitter...  (Kidding! Sorta... Kinda...)
Defensemen
Trevor Daley
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png If you missed it, Brandon Bibb has a great look at Daley's work over the last little while.
Jeff Woywitka
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had a much better week capped off with a very smart game saving swipe against L.A. and some good work in his own end playing in front of friends and family in Edmonton.
Nicklas Grossman
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Even if they are just assists (which he had two of this week) any point production from Grossman gets him a huge thumps up.
Stephane Robidas
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Steady reliable play as always from Robi.
Karlis Skrastins
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Safe to say Skrastins returning to the lineup helps steady the group as a whole?  
Mark Fistric
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png He's not playing major minutes but at least is playing nice physical D when he is on the ice.
Forwards
Jamie Benn
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png The three certainties in life: Death, taxes and Benn scoring a highlight reel worthy goal every week.
Tom Wandell http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Wasn't overly good against Atlanta or L.A. but really had a nice effort and again used his speed more against the Oilers.
Adam Burish
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png As was pointed out by a handful of commenters in our game day threads over the past week: with so many shots blocked, he's going to end up looking like a walking bruise.
Loui Eriksson
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Had his points streak snapped in Edmonton, but for a while had the longest point streak in the NHL.
Brenden Morrow
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Hasn't really produced point wise, but not slacking on the ice either and providing lots of hustle.
James Neal
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png The man is on fire and about to be the Stars first 20-goal player this season.
Steve Ott
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png No points on the week but much like Morrow, playing gritty hockey and at least throwing opponents off their game.
Mike Ribeiro
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png The goals are starting to roll in for Ribs as his shot totals each game are slowly going up.  Also takes over for Loui as holder of the longest point streak in the NHL.
Brad Richards
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Also had his points streak snapped against the Oilers.  Providing lots of jedi passes, but it would be nice to see a goal once in a while from #91...
Krys Barch
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png When the season ends, one of my favorite stat lines will be Barch's against the Kings where he had 6 hits in less than 6 minutes of total ice time.
Brian Sutherby
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png Used sparingly as he's fighting through injuries.
Jamie Langenbrunner
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217733/up.png Scored game winner against Los Angeles and is playing on both penalty kill and power play and doing it well.
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