Dallas Stars Ups & Downs: Week 16

This week's ups & downs after the jump. Agree or disagree on any? Let's talk about it in the comments.

Richard BACHMAN

1 period of relief appearance, 1 GA, 0.857 SV%, no decision

Comments: Appeared in one relief appearance in a losing effort against the Minnesota Wild, it's hard to judge Bachman's play based on that one appearance.

Jamie BENN
2gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Did not see any ice time after his appendectomy before the All-Star break, but did go to the All-Star game for his first ever appearance there. Was picked second to last, followed only by Logan Couture. Stars fans know that Benn is underrated, the All-Star draft just reinforced it.

Adam BURISH
3 gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Burish didn't have one of his best nights against the Ducks, averaging an abysmal 20% faceoff percentage. Was outstanding on the dot against the Lightning with a 63.6% faceoff percentage.

Trevor DALEY
3gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: With his increased defensive minutes, Daley has become almost ghost-like on the score sheet. He has yet to score a goal and only has two assists in 2012 so far. It's not a coincidence that the Stars' recent scoring slump falls when their defensemen struggle to find the net. Has still been solid defensively, but for a defenseman that is considered of the offensive defensive type, this goal slump doesn't bode well for the young D.

Jake DOWELL
3gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: A fight in a close defensive battle with Anaheim and a stellar 100% faceoff percentage balances out the -1 performance against Minnesota.

Radek DVORAK
3gp, 0-0-0, -2

Comments: Has not scored a goal since December 1 and has not had a point in the past six games. That depth scoring the Stars were relying on to win games hasn't been there lately.

Loui ERIKSSON
3gp, 0-3-3, +1

Comments: While last week saw Eriksson on a goal streak, this week he's on an assist streak. By far the Stars' most consistent goal scoring threat with Benn and Ribeiro out, he's now on a four game points streak.

Vernon FIDDLER
3gp, 0-1-1, Even

Comments: The penalty kill has been decent over the past week, and Fiddler's faceoff percentage for the last week has been one of the best on the team.

Mark FISTRIC
1gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Fistric, one of the Stars' more physical defensemen, finds himself on the outside looking in when Larsen became healthy. He's been scratched the past two games. With all of the D healthy, is this going to become a consistent place for Fistric?

Alex GOLIGOSKI
3gp, 1-1-2, Even

Comments: Signed a new four year contract extension and then promptly proceeds to score the game winning goal against the Anaheim Ducks.

Nicklas GROSSMAN
3gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: When a defensive defensemen doesn't end up on the score sheet but isn't too terrible on the negative side of the plus/minus, he must be doing something okay. At times struggles in his own end with making poor passes or turning the puck over, but makes up for it with blocking shots and increasingly physical play recently.

Philip LARSEN
2gp, 1-0-1, Even

Comments: In his first game back from IR, scored his first ever NHL goal. Will see some additional conditioning time with the Texas Stars during this All-Star break to hopefully keep his development on track.

Kari LEHTONEN
3gp, 1-2-0, .899 SV%, 1 shutout

Comments: After being pulled after two periods against the Minnesota Wild, responded with his first shutout performance of the 2011-2012 season. Even in the other loss he garnered this week versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, has been showing flashes of his early season brilliance.

Brenden MORROW
2 gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Played two seemingly mediocre games before missing the last game before the All-Star break versus the Anaheim Ducks with some neck issue. Hopefully he'll get all the rest his body needs to be a pivotal part of the playoff push for the Stars once February hits.

Eric NYSTROM
3gp, 1-0-1, Even

Comments: Was nice to see Nystrom score a goal against his old team, but would be nice if it hadn't been in a loss to the Minnesota Wild. Is on the verge of surpassing his career high in points after already surpassing his career high in goals this season.

Steve OTT
3gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Another week, another domination by Ott on the faceoff dot. Would like to see more scoring for Ott as he has not scored a point in the past seven games.

Adam PARDY
0gp

Comments: Has not played in a game since January 10, 2012.

Toby PETERSEN
2gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: With Vincour healthy and available again, Petersen was a healthy scratch with Burish and Dowell winning ice time over the veteran player.

Mike RIBEIRO
0gp

Comments: If his first game back from injury is any indication, Ribeiro should be picking up right where he left off with his nice little scoring streak before going down to the knee injury. Still looks a little timid skating wise on his knee, but hopefully this All-Star break offers some additional rest and healing for the crafty playmaker.

Stephane ROBIDAS
3gp, 0-1-1, -1

Comments: With an injured foot, this break should be good for the veteran defensmen to get some rest and hopefully a little healing. Has been as effective as ever even with the injury.

Michael RYDER
3gp, 0-0-0, -3

Comments: With Benn and Ribeiro out of the lineup lately, Ryder has been pretty invisible scoring wise on the ice as well as getting torched on some goals against. Hasn't scored a goal in 10 games and is pointless in the last six, coinciding with the Stars' extended losing streak.

Sheldon SOURAY
3gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: Keeping his nose clean and out of the penalty box, has been a very effective shutdown defensmen for the Stars most nights while also dealing with a foot issue much like his oft-partner Robidas.

Tomas VINCOUR
3gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: Every time he is on the ice, Vincour looks as though he's going to score a goal. The trick for him will be translating chances into goal scoring. The conditioning stint down with the Texas Stars should help keep him on track for a return after the NHL All-Star break.

Tom WANDELL
3gp, 1-0-1, -1

Comments: Scored a goal in what feels like forever off of a hardworking drive to the net, but was defensively shaky in the Minnesota game. Struggled at times on the faceoff dot as well, but made some decent efforts to win some puck battles most nights.


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