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2013-2014 Dallas Stars Roster Analysis: Ups And Downs For Week 5

You know what I like? Points. And the Dallas Stars got plenty of them in the last week, going 2-0-1 in the last three games.

Jared Wickerham

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?

Going undefeated in regulation means some people have stepped up their game this past week. Who is looking good and who is still struggling?

Jamie BENN
3gp, 1-1-2, +3

Comments: Jamie Benn has been factoring into the team's wins in all sorts of ways this past week. He scored the game winner in a shootout, put his team on the scoreboard first against Boston, and was one heck of a leader on the ice for his team -- nothing embodied that more than the way he was able to play physical without resorting to Boston's shenanigans on Tuesday.

Jordie BENN
3gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Jordie Benn continued his solid play on the blueline, and has slotted in well on the second penalty kill unit.

3gp, 0-1-1, -1

Comments: Alex Chiasson is continuing to get good looks at times, but he's been stifled on the scoring front. That's contributing to the power play woes of the team as a whole, too.

3gp, 0-0-0, -4

Comments: Erik Cole hasn't seen much time in the top six this past week, and he is struggling away from a playmaking center.


Comments: Kevin Connauton hasn't played a game since his NHL debut.

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

Comments: Trevor Daley was not the guy who scored on his own goaltender this week -- that's a win.

Brenden DILLON
3gp, 0-1-1, Even

Comments: Brenden Dillon is part of the pair that is relied on to be the "defensive" side of the game. He has one of the lowest percentages of offensive zone starts on the defense so far this season and is on the top pairing for the penalty kill.

3gp, 0-1-1, +1

Comments: Cody Eakin has been struggling in faceoffs this past week but his defensive positioning on ice has been better.


Comments: Dan Ellis cracked me up in the celebration of Fiddler's penalty shot in Boston...they left the poor guy hanging. He hasn't started a game since Los Angeles on October 19.

3gp, 1-0-1, -3

Comments: Vernon Fiddler you beauty. Pretty clutch play there in Boston to tie the game. His speed fits in well when the Stars are able to play their game, but when they are forced to play someone else's style he can get torched defensively at times.

2gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Ryan Garbutt returned to the ice, and has looked determined in limited ice time. He's still putting the work in.

3gp, 1-0-1, +1

Comments: Another goal for Alex Goligoski this week. If he keeps up that pace, he'll more than likely score more goals than his whole last season campagin (a whopping three goals) by a few.

3gp, 0-0-0, -2

Comments: Sergei Gonchar has been playing a good positional defense this week, and he had a very strong outing against his old team the Ottawa Senators. Are the power play scoring woes of the team a product of Gonchar not having it going yet, or is he not going yet because the power play isn't clicking? Which came first -- the chicken or the egg? Life's big questions.

3gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Shawn Horcoff didn't commit any penalties this week, and he gets a lot of blame for defensive gaffes that aren't entirely his fault.

3gp, 2-0-1, 2.67 GAA, .919 SV%

Comments: Kari Lehtonen has been giving his team every chance to win hockey games this week, and they've been able to get him a few W's for it this week. His stats took a little bit of a hit after his stellar play last week, but points in the bank is the key here and the Stars got them.

1gp, 0-0-0, Even

Comments: Lane MacDermid didn't acquit himself enough to continue to get ice time once Garbutt returned from suspension.

3gp, 1-1-2, +2

Comments: Valeri Nichushkin finally put one in the back of the net and his celebration, while not as flashy as other rookies have used, was one of intense emotion. The team celebrated for the young Russian like he'd just scored the game winner to force a game seven. Don't look now, but he's on a career-high two-game point streak at the NHL level.

3gp, 0-2-2, -1

Comments: Rich Peverley is the versatile forward that Ruff was able to shift around to get some of the depth scoring going over the past week. He also scored the game winner in the shootout over his old club the Boston Bruins.

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

Comments: Stephane Robidas gave me my favorite Robi moment of the year so far this week -- standing toe-to-toe with big Zdeno Chara. It may not displace "horseback riding Robi" from last year as my personal favorite, but it was an embodiment of Robidas' never quit attitude that he brings game in and game out.

3gp, 1-0-1, Even

Comments: Antoine Roussel got his first goal of the season when the Senators scored on themselves. But don't let that take away from Roussel's hustle to make that play even possible -- he gives 120% every shift.

3gp, 1-3-3, +2

Comments: Tyler Seguin was called out by his coach for his work on faceoffs after going an abysmal 1-for-13 on Sunday. He bounced back by winning 66.7% of his faceoffs against his former team. He also scored a goal, was a factor in two others, and scored in the shootout on the way to a team win over Boston. Not a bad week for the young center.

3gp, 1-0-1, Even

Comments: Ray Whitney welcome back to the goal scoring club, we've missed you "Wizard".