Texas Stars Report

Tuesday, 04.1.2014 / 9:42 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
Share with your Friends

Texas Stars Report

The Texas Stars went 2-0-1 over the past week, won a franchise-record seventh straight game and clinched first place in the West Division.

The Stars (43-17-19) are three points ahead of Grand Rapids for the top spot in the Western Conference and one point ahead of Manchester for the best overall record in the American Hockey League.

And some of Dallas’ top prospects are heading to Texas after their seasons in juniors, Europe and college came to an end.

Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.

Tuesday, March 25: Texas 4, Hamilton 0

Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 20 shots for his third shutout of the season and Justin Dowling scored two goals as the Stars defeated Hamilton, 4-0, at Cedar Park Center. Scott Glennie and Taylor Peters also scored for Texas, which won its sixth straight game, matching a franchise record.

“We’ve been fortunate. Everybody is contributing. That makes a difference,” Texas coach Willie Desjardins said of the team’s run. “Our goaltenders are playing well, our D are good and we have four lines rolling. Whenever your team is playing like that it makes it easier.”

March 27 (completion of March 1 game): San Antonio 5, Texas 4 (SO)

On Thursday, the Stars headed to San Antonio to finish the March 1 game that was postponed due to poor ice conditions. The game resumed with 12:01 left in the first period and Texas leading 2-0 on goals by Scott Glennie and Curtis McKenzie. Texas extended the lead to 3-0 on a goal by Derek Hulak, but San Antonio overcame that deficit and then a 4-3 deficit to force overtime before winning in the shootout. Jack Campbell took the loss in goal, stopping 20 of 24 in the game and then three of five in the shootout. The loss did not end Texas’ winning streak because the game counts as having been played on March 1.

Saturday, March 29: Texas 6 Hamilton 1

Six different players scored goals as Texas set a franchise record with its seventh straight victory, a 6-1 rout of Hamilton at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Among the goal scorers was defenseman Hubert Labrie, who also had an assist and a fighting major for a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

“I think that never happened to me. First time tonight,” Labrie said of getting a goal, assist and fight in a game. “It was great.”

McKenzie, Patrik Nemeth, Matej Stransky, Brendan Ranford and Mike Hedden also scored for Texas. Travis Morin picked up two assists to reach the 80-point mark. Nilstorp stopped 24 of 25 shots to pick up the win in net.

The week ahead

Friday April 4, Lake Erie at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday April 6, Lake Erie at Texas, 5:00 p.m.

Dallas prospects on the way

Some of Dallas’ top prospects are starting to join the Texas Stars now that their seasons have wrapped up in other leagues.

Dallas signed LW Alex Guptill, a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, to an entry-level contract last week after he completed his junior season at Michigan. Guptill then signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas.

Guptill, a skilled left wing, recorded 94 points (44 goals, 54 assists) in 110 games during his three-year career at Michigan.

“He’s got good size, he’s about 6-3, 215 pounds. He has real good skills, skates well, handles the puck well,” said Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill. “He just needs to learn the pro game, the short shifts, the north-south game. He’s got all the tools and now it’s up to him to develop and make the most of them.”

Center Radek Faksa, Dallas’ first round pick (13th overall) in 2012, is expected to join Texas this week. Faksa’s junior season ended when Sudbury was knocked out in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Faksa, a two-way forward, played two games with Texas late last season.

Defenseman John Klingberg is expected to join Texas later this week. Klingberg, a fifth round pick in 2010, had his season end when Frolunda was eliminated in the first round of the Swedish Hockey League playoffs. Klingberg, a highly skilled offensive defenseman, is expected to play with Texas until the end of April and then go back to Sweden to try to make that country’s World Championship roster.

“He is coming over here until the end of April and then he’s heading back over there for [Sweden’s World Championship] training camp,” Nill said. “It’s the best of both worlds. He gets to come over here and get some experience, and then he’ll head back there for their training camp and hopefully he makes their team. If he doesn’t, we’ll bring him back if [Texas] is still in the playoffs.”

Klingberg played one playoff game with Texas last season.

Dowling signs with Dallas

The Dallas Stars signed Texas forward Justin Dowling to a two-year, two-way contract last week. Dowling has 40 points (9 goals, 31 assists) in 67 games with Texas this season. He split time between Idaho (ECHL) and Texas last season, picking up 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games in the AHL.

Texas lineup

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

Curtis McKenzieTravis Morin – Derek Hulak
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Taylor PetersScott Glennie
Kevin Henderson – Taylor Vause – Matej Stransky

Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Patrik NemethJyrki Jokipakka
Hubert LabrieMaxime Fortunus

Cristopher Nilstorp
Jack Campbell

Scratched: Alex Guptill, William Wrenn, Cameron Gaunce

Injured: Toby Petersen


3/31: D Patrik Nemeth recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/29: C Chris Mueller assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

3/29: C Chris Muller recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/28: LW Alex Guptill signed to ATO by Texas (AHL)

3/28: C Chris Mueller assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

3/27: C Chris Mueller recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/26: LW Derek Hulak signed to ATO by Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas ECHL affiliate, went 3-0-0 last week, improving to 36-25-7 on the season. The Steelheads are third in the Mountain Division and fourth 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.




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
DallasStars.com is the official Web site of DSE Hockey Club, L.P.  The Stars name and logos are registered trademarks of the NHL and the Stars. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 DSE Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Corporate Partnerships | Contact UsPrivacy Policy | AdChoices | Job Opportunities | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map | Find us on Google+