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2013-2014 Dallas Stars Roster Analysis: Ups And Downs For Week 4

The Dallas Stars went 2-1-1 in the past week's games, and the play of the team in general was much improved over last week. How did individuals look in those efforts?

Rick Stewart

In this weekly feature, I look at where individuals are trending to in this handy-dandy table format. The analysis of each person is done solely by me and my observations -- sometimes I do it by committee with other writers, but I've got the ultimate say. So if you disagree on any of these, feel free to tell me in the comments! Who doesn't like a good ol' hockey debate?

Not the best week this week...

Jamie BENN
4gp, 3-0-3, +1

Comments: Jamie Benn did nothing but score some goals this past week. Hopefully that's a sign that his tendencies are getting back in line with the shift over to left wing. He's still not bad in the faceoff circle on his strong side, either.

Jordie BENN
4gp, 0-1-1, Even

Comments: Jordie Benn continues to be a steadying presence on the blueline, and he seems to be working out well paired with Alex Goligoski.

4gp, 2-1-3, +2

Comments: Alex Chiasson had a great game against Calgary, but his scoring cooled in the last three games of the week. He impressed on the penalty kill, however, and continues to get good chances even if they're not converting.

4gp, 0-2-2, Even

Comments: Erik Cole puts up points when he's on the top line wing, but struggles offensively when he's not there.

1gp, 0-0-0, +2

Comments: Kevin Connauton had a solid outing in his NHL debut, but he's having trouble cracking the lineup.

Trevor DALEY
4gp, 0-0-0, -1

Comments: Trevor Daley has looked much like the rest of the defense on the team -- consistent at times, inconsistent at others. He's had some good plays to stop some rushes into the Stars zone and there are other times where he coughs the puck up and it leads to a quality chance against.

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

Comments: Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas continue to eat up big defensive minutes.

4gp, 1-1-2, +2

Comments: Cody Eakin's goal in Montreal was a really nice individual effort, but his line has cooled off this past week.


Comments: The return of Kari Lehtonen from injury meant no starts for Dan Ellis this past week.

4gp, 1-1-2, +1

Comments: Vernon Fiddler provided some scoring depth this week, and his line was one of the most tenacious on the ice.


Comments: Ryan Garbutt didn't play this week because he is serving out a five game suspension. Never good to have someone out for a reason like that.

3gp, 1-0-1, +1

Comments: Scratched for a game and then paired with Benn, Alex Goligoski has looked more like his old self this week. He even got his first goal of the season, on the power play no less, so hopefully that helps his confidence round back into form.

4gp, 0-0-0, +2

Comments: Sergei Gonchar's best game of the season came against the Montreal Canadiens. His new partner on the back end, Daley, and him need to work on their communication -- there were several times where the pair were on the same side or in the same positioning.

4gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Shawn Horcoff is still spending time in the penalty box. He needs to work on his backchecking, because he's getting beat by faster skaters which is causing him to have to use his stick to try to slow someone down and he keeps getting nailed for it.

4gp, 2-1-1, 1.75 GAA, .934 SV%

Comments: Nice to have the MVP of the team back between the pipes. Kari Lehtonen is 2nd in the league in goals against average (1.66) and tied for 3rd in save percentage (.945) -- he's obviously not the issue with this team.

4gp, 0-2-2, +2

Comments: Lane MacDermid has brought some energy on the fourth line with Garbutt out of the lineup. He's had fights and assists, and was pivotal in setting up Fiddler's goal.

4gp, 0-1-1, Even

Comments: Anyone want to start a fund to buy Valeri Nichushkin a goal? Poor guy has been so close every game this week.

4gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Moved to the third line to try to balance out the offense, Rich Peverley has cooled off this week. He's also had his chances, though.

Stephane ROBIDAS
4gp, 1-0-1, +2

Comments: Stephane Robidas and his partner Dillon had a pretty good week in the offense department while continuing to play those tough minutes.

4gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Antoine Roussel has the most penalty minutes on the team by quite a large margin. His 50 total PIMs is actually third in the entire NHL at the moment.

4gp, 1-1-2, Even

Comments: Tyler Seguin had his best night on the faceoff dot against Winnipeg, where he won a ridiculous 71.4% of the draws he took. He seems to be trending up in that regard. He also let his linemates carry a lot of the offense this week, as he cooled off a little bit in the goal scoring department. He's still on a point per game pace.

4gp, 0-2-2, +1

Comments: Ray Whitney seems to be coming back around to what we're used to seeing. He has had some good looks this week. He is third on the team in assists with six, behind Benn and Seguin.