Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 12.24.2013 / 11:32 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Texas Stars Report

The Texas Stars won two of three games (2-1-0) over the past week, giving them a 7-1-0 mark over their last eight games. The Stars are 18-9-4 on the season, ranking second in the AHL’s West Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

Center Travis Morin tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in the three games and reclaimed the AHL’s scoring lead. Curtis McKenzie tallied four points (one goal, three assists) and now ranks second in rookie scoring in the AHL.

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

Wednesday, December 18: Texas 4, San Antonio 2

The Stars ran their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 win over San Antonio Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center. Jack Campbell made 30 saves and Travis Morin, Toby Petersen, Francis Wathier and Curtis McKenzie scored goals. The Stars built a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the game, but the Rampage rallied in the third to pull within a goal before McKenzie sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

“Six (wins in a row) is pretty good, but every game is tough,” said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. “All games are tough. You guys probably get tired of me saying it, but it’s true. Every time you watch they are always tight and can go either way.”

Friday, December 20: Oklahoma City 2, Texas 0

The Stars’ six-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-0 loss at Oklahoma City Friday night. Former Stars goaltender Richard Bachman stopped 39 shots for his first shutout of the season with the Barons. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal for Texas and stopped 24 of 26 shots and had a personal three-game winning streak snapped.

Saturday, December 21: Texas 7, Oklahoma City 2

The Stars bounced back from Friday’s loss and routed the Barons, 7-2, in Oklahoma City. The game was tied 2-2 midway through the second, but the Stars scored five unanswered goals. Morin scored two goals to lead the Texas attack. Petersen, Ryan Button, Mike Hedden, Taylor Vause and Chris Mueller also scored. Nilstorp stopped 34 of 36 shots in goal for Texas.

The week ahead

Friday, December 27, Texas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 28, San Antonio at Texas, 7:00 p.m.

Injuries, call ups hit Texas

When the Texas Stars played at Oklahoma City on Saturday they had six players out of the lineup due to either injury or call up to the NHL. Four of those players – Cameron Gaunce (call up), Max Fortunus (call up), Patrik Nemeth (injury) and Jyrki Jokipakka (injury) – were defenseman. That left veteran forward Toby Petersen patrolling the blue line Saturday night against Oklahoma City.

Nemeth is going to be out a while after surgery for a broken foot. Jokipakka was injured in Friday’s game in Oklahoma City and is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Texas is also without forward Scott Glennie. He suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio in Cedar Park and missed both Friday and Saturday’s games.

Notes

*C Travis Morin, who had four points (three goals, one assist) in three games over the past week, has regained the AHL’s scoring lead with 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 25 games.

*RW Colton Sceviour, who has not played in Texas’ last five games because of being in the NHL, still leads the AHL in goal scoring with 18 in 26 games played.

*LW Curtis McKenzie, who tallied four points (one goal, three assists) last week, is second among AHL rookies in scoring with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 30 games.

*Texas ranks third in the AHL in goal scoring (3.45 per game).

*Texas ranks 12th in goals against (2.71 per game).

*Texas’ power play ranks first in the league (29.0 percent).

*Texas’ penalty kill ranks fifth (85.7 percent).

Transactions

12/21: C Anthony Nigro released from PTO.

12/19: C Anthony Nigro signed to PTO.

12/19: D Maxime Fortunus released from contract to sign NHL contract with Dallas.

12/18: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).

12/18: D Russ Sinkewich signed to PTO.

12/17: D Cameron Gaunce recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).

Texas lineup

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

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Brendan Ranford
(Various) – Chris MuellerBrett Ritchie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Taylor Vause
Francis WathierTaylor PetersMatej Stransky

Jamie Oleksiak – William Wrenn
Hubert LabrieRyan Button
Toby Petersen – Russ Sinkewich

Cristopher Nilstorp
Jack Campbell

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 1-2-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 14-9-4 on the season, ranking third in the Mountain Division and fifth 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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