Every Wednesday, FOX Sports North takes a look at whose stock is trending up and whose is trending down across the state of Minnesota.
With that in mind, let’s "take stock" of the current sports scene in Minnesota.
Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves guard
Rubio leads the Timberwolves with seven assists through two games this week, and has averaged 16.5 points over his last two games, picking up 18 points in a win over Phoenix and 15 points in a loss to the Pelicans. More surprisingly, the notoriously field goal-averse point guard led the Timberwolves in 3-pointers through two games, hitting three on seven attempts.
Charlie Lindgren, St. Cloud State goalie
The Lakeville, Minn. native backstopped the Huskies to a big weekend against National Collegiate Hockey Conference rival Minnesota-Duluth, allowing just two goals on the weekend en route to a 3-1 win and a 1-1 overtime tie.
Justin Kloos, Gophers forward
The junior forward factored into four goals for the University of Minnesota in a sweep of Big Ten rival Michigan State. Kloos opened the scoring on Friday to lead Minnesota to a 5-2 win, before notching another goal and two assists in a 3-1 win over the Spartans on Saturday
Eric Butorac, tennis player
A native of Rochester, Butorac reached the finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland, Australia alongside doubles partner Scott Lipsky, falling to Pavic Mate and Venus Michael in straight sets. However, the two have a big chance to get back on track this week, as they take on Oswald Philipp and Shamasdin Adil to kick off the Australian Open.
Minnesota Wild power play
Head coach Mike Yeo is set to mix things up on the power play as the Wild prepare to take on the Anaheim Ducks, but Minnesota’s special teams advantage has been anything but in recent weeks. The Wild are just 1-for-29 with an extra skater over their last 15 games, and have just 22 goals on 130 power play opportunities this season.
Zach LaVine, Timberwolves guard
He might have thrown down a highlight reel caliber dunk against New Orleans on Tuesday, but it’s been a rough week for LaVine. After picking up 11 points and four steals in the Timberwolves’ win over the Suns on Sunday, LaVine logged just four points and four assists in a loss to the Pelicans.
Mikael Grandlund, Wild center
The playmaking Finnish center has fallen into an offensive rut over the last few weeks, and has just one point over his last five games. Granlund had plus/minus rating of minus three over that same span.