Originally written on Stars of Big D  |  Last updated 10/28/14
Texas Stars The Stars had only one game last week and it didn't go so well as they lost 4-1 to the Grand Rapids Griffins. It's been a tough couple of weeks for the Stars as they've lost five of their last six games (allowing at least four goals in all those losses) and the same problems keep cropping up. A listless power play (0 for 7 against the Griffins, now 3 for 38 on the year), taking too many penalties (six more times on the PK) and a surprising stuggle from the Stars' net minders. The special teams troubles are a familiar problem to Dallas Stars fans and it seems to be a system wide issue. The power-play just doesn't work. A couple things of note from the Griffins game were season debuts for Colton Sceviour and Scott Glennie. Sceviour returned from injury problems and scored a goal in his first game back. Glennie has been riding the pine the whole year and was pretty invisible on the ice. He looked really rusty in against the Griffins.   Nov. 9 - Toronto Marlies @ Texas Stars Nov. 10 - Lake Erie Monsters @ Texas Stars Nov. 11 - Texas Stars @ Houston Aeros   The Overseas Pros   Jamie Benn - Hamburg Freezers The week for Benn couldn't have gotten much better. He had two goals and two assists in two games last week and was subsequently named the first star for both games. He was aggressive again with 11 total shots on net (he's averaging a little over eight per game), and had points on the power play, short handed and even strength. About the only thing that didn't go right was a rare failed shootout attempt. He still has a relatively low eight percent shooting percentage so his points should improve with time (in his NHL career, he's at 12%). Oct. 31 - Hamburg Freezers @ EHC Red Bull Munchen Nov. 2 - Hamburg Freezers @ Augsburger Panther Nov. 4 - ERC Ingolstadt @ Hamburg Freezers   Jaromir Jagr - HC Kladno Jagr had a bit of a resurrection last week with four goals and three assists in three games (including a hat trick and four point game on Sunday). He's been quiet for most of Kladno's season so it was nice to see him show up on the scoresheet. Kladno sits third in the Czech League and has been playing very well. Nov. 2 - Kladno @ Pardubice Nov. 4 - Chomutov @ Kladno   Stephane Robidas - HIFK Helsinki Robidas had his first point for his team last week but overall didn't do too much. Helsinki lost both games last week and four of their last five while allowing goals in droves. Oct. 30 - HIFK Helsinki vs Jyp Jyväskylä Nov. 1 - HIFK Helsinki vs Blues Espoo Nov. 3 - Kalpa Kuopio vs HIFK Helsinki   Tom Wandell - Severstal Cherepovets Wandell does what he usually did this week. He got himself a lot of ice time (third most among forwards on his team), took a bunch of face-offs and didn't do too much on the scoresheet. He only had one assist this past week to bring his point total this season to four (all assists). He's not getting a lot of shots on net (five total last week) and is just trying to be a playmaker on the ice. He's been solid, but nothing much that excites fans. Oct. 29 - Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg vs Severstal Cherepovets (game already played, Wandell scoreless again in a 2-1 win) Oct. 31 - Metallurg MG vs Severstal Cherepovets Nov. 2 - Traktor Chelyabinsk vs Severstal Cherepovets   Philip Larsen - Rauman Lukko Larsen had three games last week and had no points to show for it. His team lost two of the three games last week and sits near the bottom of the table in SM-Liiga. Oct. 30 - Tappara vs Rauman Lukko Nov. 2 - Rauman Lukko vs Assat Pori Nov. 3 - Rauman Lukko vs Jokerit   CHL Prospects Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers Faksa tailed off a bit this week with only one point (an assist) in three games, though his team was able to win two of them. The Rangers are much improved lately, winning five of the past six games and Faksa has been a big part of that, even if it's not showing on the scoresheet. He's been solid defensively and has just been a steady player. Nov. 1 - Kitchener Rangers @ Niagara IceDogs Nov. 2 - Windsor Spitfires @ Kitchener Rangers Nov. 4 - Owen Sound Attack @ Kitchener Rangers   Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs There were goals galore in the IceDogs three games last week. Unfortunately most of those goals belonged to the opposition. Ritchie got himself a goal and an assist in the IceDogs one win last week before they got blown out of the water 7-2 and 4-1 in their subsequent games against Sudbury and Barrie. Ritchie was held off the scoresheet in those two matchups. Ritchie is still maintaining a point per game pace though and has been one of the best looking prospects on the ice for the Stars this year. Nov. 1 - Kitchener Rangers @ Niagara IceDogs Nov. 3 - Guelph Storm @ Niagara IceDogs Nov. 4 - Niagara IceDogs @ Peterborough Petes   Gemel Smith - Owen Sound Attack Smith continues to score points with two more goals and two more assists in three games last week. He's averaging just over a point per game and had at least one point in every game in October (nine games). He's been the most impressive prospect for the Stars so far in the CHL, much better than I expected. Expect more points out of Smith this week as he plays the league worst Erie Otters in an odd two games back-to-back at Erie. Nov. 2 - Owen Sound Attack @ Erie Otters Nov. 3 - Owen Sound Attack @ Erie Otters Nov. 4 - Owen Sound Attack @ Kitchener Rangers   Matej Stransky - Saskatoon Blades Stransky had a goal and two assists in three games last week as his team went 1-2-0-0 and continues to sit at the bottom of its division. Stransky has been solid though with eight points in the past six games (three multi-point games) and he's returned to form after a short slump at the beginning of October. Oct. 30 - Saskatoon Blades @ Regina Pats Nov. 2 - Saskatoon Blades @ Kootenay Ice Nov. 3 - Saskatoon Blades @ Lethbridge Hurricanes   Mike Winther - Prince Albert Raiders Mike Winther had himself a hell of a game on Saturday with a hat trick and a +4 rating in a 5-1 win over Moose Jaw. Winther has five points (four goals) in the past four games and has played very well since returning from his early season injury. He's registered 10 points in 11 games so far this season. Oct. 30- Swift Current Broncos @ Prince Albert Raiders Nov. 2 - Edmonton Oil Kings @ Prince Albert Raiders Nov. 3 - Prince Albert Raiders @ Regina Pats   Branden Troock - Seattle Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds had three games last week and Branden Troock didn't take part in any of them as he rode the pine. Oct. 30 - Seattle Thunderbirds @ Spokane Chiefs Nov. 2 - Seattle Thunderbirds @ Swift Current Broncos Nov. 3 - Seattle Thunderbirds @ Moose Jaw Warriors   Troy Vance - Victoriaville Tigers Vance had one goal, his first of the season, this past week for the Tigers as they went 1-1-0-0. It was his first point in three weeks. The Tigers defense has been leaky lately, allowing at leas three goals in seven straight games. They have a tough test this week with the two of the best teams in the QMJHL on the schedule. Nov. 1 - Val-d'Or Foreurs @ Victoriaville Tigers Nov. 2 - Rouyn-Noranda Huskies @ Victoriaville Tigers Nov. 9 - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles @ Victoriaville Tigers Nov. 10 - Halifax Mooseheads @ Victoriaville Tigers Maxime Lagace - Prince Edward Island Rocket Lagace continues to struggle mightily for PEI Rocket. He started two of the Rocket's three games last week and allowed 10 goals on 53 shots. He's started nine of the Rockets 16 games so far this seasonand has allowed six or more goals in four of them. He's got some ugly numbers beside his name right now. It'll be interesting to see if he starts the game against Shawinigan, the worst team in the QMJHL, and how he does. Nov. 1 - Shawinigan Cataractes @ PEI Rocket Nov. 2 - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada @ PEI Rocket Nov. 9 - PEI Rocket @ Quebec Remparts Nov. 10 - PEI Rocket @ Rimouski Oceanic
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