Weekly Dallas Stars Roster Analysis: Ups and Downs for Week 5

Kirk Irwin

How have the Dallas Stars players looked over the last week of games? We take a look in this weeks ups and downs.

The Dallas Stars accumulated a 2-1-1 record this past week. Considering the fact that the team did not have their starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen for any of those, taking five of the eight points available is not too shabby. Let's look ahead and see how the individual players stacked up this week.

Richard BACHMAN
1gp, 1-0-0, .800 SV%, 4 Goals Against

Comments: Bachman helped the team get two points against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his save percentage is what keeps him as Struggling for the week. His season stats of .848 SV% and 3.92 GAA are both dead last in the entire NHL.

Jamie BENN
4gp, 2-2-4, -5

Comments: Jamie Benn continues to put up consistent points production, but this last week he's gotten torched in his own zone. Where did his defensive game go? The fact that he was a point per game player keeps him as "Favorable" for this week.

Jordie BENN
4gp, 0-3-3, +2

Comments: Jordie Benn was called up this past week and played in all four games with injuries on the defense corps. He's managed to put up some points but has also had some glaring miscues that is often seen in rookies at this level. He's been solid this week, even if the "eye-ball" test seems to say differently.

Trevor DALEY
2gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Daley returned from injury this week, which is a relief to see some veteran presence on the blueline. He's just settling back into the groove of the game.

Brenden DILLON
4gp, 0-2-2, +1

Comments: Dillon is showing all of the tools to be successful at this level, and I think there's more yet to come from him. Easily the best defensemen on the ice for the Stars most nights.

Cody EAKIN
4gp, 1-2-3, +3

Comments: Eakin had his best game of the season versus Columbus, and his line seems to have great chemistry working.

Loui ERIKSSON
4gp, 2-2-4, +2

Comments: This is the Loui Eriksson most are used to seeing.

Vernon FIDDLER
4gp, 1-0-1, -1

Comments: Fiddler scored his first goal of the season this week. The penalty kill was shaky this week, allowing four PPG on 17 chances.

Matt FRASER
2gp, 1-0-1, +2

Comments: The biggest knock against Fraser last year was his defensive game (or lack thereof.) This season in Texas, he's been much better in his own zone. He has looked good in limited minutes at the NHL level, and was not really much of a liability when on the ice. Scored his first NHL goal this week, which is always exciting to see.

Ryan GARBUTT
4gp, 0-0-0, -2

Comments: Garbutt's play earned him a start in all four games last week, but the point production dried up this week.

Alex GOLIGOSKI
4gp, 0-3-3, -1

Comments: Three of his nine points on the season came in the last week. Has he finally found his rhythm?

Jaromir JAGR
4gp, 1-1-2, -2

Comments:Still possessing the puck well, but just not showing on the scoresheet.

Philip LARSEN
2gp, 0-0-0, -2

Comments: Larsen missed the last two games of the week after colliding awkwardly into the boards late in the game against the San Jose Sharks.

Kari LEHTONEN
0gp

Comments: Lehtonen will make his return tomorrow night, after being out last week with a lower body injury.

Brenden MORROW
4gp, 2-0-2, -2

Comments: He's continued to use his net presence (and sometimes a helpful deflection off a skate) to find the back of the net regularly. His line has been pinned in its own zone too much, but much of that can be pinned on other guys.

Cristopher Nilstorp
3gp, 1-1-1, .882 save %, 3.33 GAA

Comments: Nilstorp is headed back to Austin after Kari Lehtonen pronounced himself ready to play. And while he certainly had goals he would like back, including the a few weak backhanders through his legs, he did help the Stars to three out of six points in games he played in and was very solid in the 3-1 win over San Jose.

Eric NYSTROM
4gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: Nystrom didn't have a bad week, especially for a fourth liner, but he wasn't able to keep up his offensive production rate.

Jamie OLEKSIAK
2gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: Returned to the NHL after injuries decimated the Stars defensemen. Looked shaky at times against the Predators but had a very strong third period against the Blue Jackets.

Stephane ROBIDAS
4gp, 0-3-3, +1

Comments: Moved into a tie for the team lead in assists with another three in the Stars back-to-back set against Nashville and Columbus. Also avoided being broken when run into the edge of a bench door, which was key given how thin the Stars are in the defensive ranks right now.

Aaron ROME
2gp, 0-1-1, Even

Comments: Rome was a little all over the map before being lost for 3-6 weeks with a broken foot. He created some offense with smart pinches but was also part of a few defensive lapses as well.

Antoine ROUSSEL
3gp, 1-2-3, +1

Comments: Sat one game as a healthy scratch to make way for Matt Fraser's season debut but continued to show his scoring touch, picking up a goal and assist in the win over the Blue Jackets to go along with an assist (and a fight) against Vancouver.

Derek ROY
4gp, 1-1-2, +3

Comments: Snapped a three-game pointless streak with a goal and assist against the Blue Jackets.

Reilly SMITH
4gp, 1-1-1, +2

Comments: One of the main reasons the Stars were able to tread water without Lehtonen was depth scoring, and contributions from Reilly Smith and his linemates played a big part in that.

Ray WHITNEY
0gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Whitney skated at the Stars optional practice Wednesday morning and is probably about a week away from returning to the lineup.
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