Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 9:29 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Report

The Texas Stars won both their games over the past week, running their winning streak to five games. The Stars, who have won seven of their last nine games, are 16-8-4, ranking second in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

Here’s a look at the past week for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.

Friday, December 13: Texas 2, Chicago 1

Jack Campbell stopped 27 of 28 shots and Travis Morin and Mike Hedden scored goals as the Stars won their fourth straight game, defeating Chicago 2-1 at Cedar Park Center Friday night. Campbell, who was making his second start since returning from a knee injury, improved to 4-0-0 on the season with a 1.25 goals against average and .949 save percentage (89 saves on 94 shots).

“Against Iowa the other day (first game back), I only had two or three practices. Now I have the rhythm going again. I’m feeling good,” Campbell said. “The team is looking good, I’m feeling good, so we are just going to try to keep rolling.”

Sunday, December 15: Texas 5, San Antonio 2

Curtis McKenzie scored two goals as the Stars won their fifth straight game, beating San Antonio 5-2 at AT&T Center Sunday evening. Scott Glennie, Chris Mueller and Hedden also scored for Texas. Morin chipped in two assists. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal, stopping 35 of 37 shots. Nilstorp has won his last three starts, posting a 2.29 goals against average and .935 save percentage during the stretch.

The week ahead

Wednesday December 18, San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 20, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 21, Texas at Oklahoma City, 7:00 p.m.

Notes

*Despite spending last week in the NHL, RW Colton Sceviour continues to lead the AHL in goal scoring with 18 in 26 games. Sceviour ranks third in points with 30.

*C Travis Morin, who had three points (one goal, two assists) last week, is 2nd in the AHL in scoring with 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists).

*LW Curtis McKenzie is tied for 5th among AHL rookies in both goals (10) and points (21). He’s played 27 games.

*RW Brett Ritchie is tied for 11th in rookie scoring with 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 28 games.

*Texas ranks 5th in the AHL in goal scoring at 3.43 per game.

*Texas ranks 12th in goals against at 2.79.

*The Stars rank 1st in the AHL on the power play at 28.9 percent.

*The Stars rank 5th in penalty killing at 85.6 percent.

*D Patrik Nemeth missed both games last week due to injury.

Austin Smith heads to Finland

The Dallas Stars assigned RW Austin Smith to Assat of Finland’s SM-Liiga to give him a chance to get more playing time. Smith played his first game over the weekend, registering no points and five shots on goal in 18:08 of ice time. He played on Assat’s top line with former Dallas Star Niklas Hagman.

Transactions

12/16: D Jeff May released from PTO by Texas (AHL)

12/13: D Jeff May signed to PTO by Texas (AHL)

12/10: RW Austin Smith loaned by Dallas (NHL) to Assat (Finland SM-Liiga)

Texas lineup

Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Scott GlennieChris MuellerBrett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Taylor Vause
Toby PetersenTaylor PetersFrancis Wathier

Jyrki JokipakkaCameron Gaunce
Hubert Labrie – Max Fortunus
William Wrenn – Jeff May

Cristopher Nilstorp
Jack Campbell

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-1-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 13-7-4 on the season, ranking second in the Mountain Division and third in the Western Conference.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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