The Texas Stars won two of three games last week, briefly moving into first place in the Western Conference before dropping back to second. The Stars, who are 16-4-1 over their last 21 games, are currently first in the West Division with a 27-12-5 record.
They set a franchise record with 59 shots on goal in a 6-4 win over Grand Rapids, and they continue to be one of the top offensive teams in the league, ranking second in the AHL in scoring at 3.66 goals per game.
Stars forwards Colton Sceviour, Travis Morin and Chris Mueller are the top three goal scorers in the AHL. Texas boasts four of the top eight point producers in the league in Morin, Sceviour, Curtis McKenzie and Mueller.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Wednesday, January 22: Texas 4, Iowa 3 (SO)
The Stars ran their home winning streak to 11 games with a 4-3 shootout win over the Iowa Wild Wednesday night at Cedar Park Center. Curtis McKenzie, Chris Mueller and Colton Sceviour scored in regulation and then Sceviour and Mueller tallied in the shootout. Travis Morin registered three assists. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal, but was knocked out of the game late in the second period after he was injured in a collision with Iowa’s Chad Rau. Josh Robinson took over in net and got the win. Nilstorp was listed as day to day with a lower body injury.
Friday, January 24: Texas 6, Grand Rapids 4
Texas made it 12 straight wins at home and took over first place in the Western Conference with a 6-4 win over Grand Rapids at Cedar Park Center. Grand Rapids battled back from 4-0 and 6-2 deficits to keep the game interesting.
“I was happy with the way we played even after we were up 4-0,” said Sceviour. “We had a lot of possession time, shots. They are a good team. They were first in the conference coming into tonight for a reason.”
Brendan Ranford had two goals and one assist and Morin had one goal and two assists for Texas, which set a franchise mark with 59 shots on goal in the game. Sceviour, Derek Meech and Mike Hedden also scored for the Stars. Robinson got the start in place of the injured Nilstorp and stopped 38 of 42 shots.
Saturday, January 25: Grand Rapids 4, Texas 1
The Stars’ 12-game winnings streak at home came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday night. The win moved the Griffins back into first place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Texas. Mueller scored early in the second period to give Texas a 1-0 lead, but Grand Rapids scored four unanswered goals in a 12-minute span of the second to take control of the game. Texas’ top ranked power play went 0-5 in the game.
“I think our power play lost us this game today,” Mueller said. “We’ve been so good this season. Sometimes you are not going to get the bounces, but we did not create any momentum on them. Second period, four goals not good, but I think our power play let the team down today.”
The week ahead
Wednesday, January 29, San Antonio at Texas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, Toronto at Texas, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 2, Oklahoma City at Texas, 1:00 p.m.
*Texas ranks second in the AHL in scoring at 3.66 per game.
*Texas ranks first on the power play at 29.5 percent.
*Texas ranks first in shots per game at 37.2.
*Stars right wing Colton Sceviour leads the AHL in goal scoring with 27. Center Travis Morin ranks second with 25 goals and center Chris Mueller ranks third with 19.
*Morin leads the AHL in scoring with 61 points (25 goals, 36 assists) in 38 games.
* Sceviour ranks third in the AHL in scoring with 46 points (27 goals, 19 assists) in 37 games.
*LW Curtis McKenzie ranks sixth in the league in scoring with 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 41 games. McKenzie leads all AHL rookies in scoring.
*Mueller ranks eighth in the AHL in scoring with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 42 games.
*RW/C Scott Glennie returned to the lineup this past week after missing more than a month with an upper body injury. He had one assist in three games last week.
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game. The Stars are missing several forwards due to injury, so defensemen Ryan Button and Russ Sinkewich have been seeing some time at forward.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Mike Hedden – Chris Mueller – Scott Glennie
Brendan Ranford – Dustin Jeffrey – Matej Stransky
Ryan Button – Brock Montgomery – Russ Sinkewich
Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Hubert Labrie- Maxime Fortunus
Cameron Gaunce – William Wrenn
Injured: Jack Campbell, Cristopher Nilstorp, Brett Ritchie, Patrik Nemeth, Jyrki Jokipakka, Taylor Peters, Toby Petersen, Justin Dowling, Taylor Vause
1/26: G Pat Nagle assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
1/25: RW Brock Montgomery recalled to Texas (AHL) from Idaho (ECHL)
1/25: D Russ Sinkewich recalled to Texas (AHL) from Toledo (ECHL)
1/24: LW Dustin Jeffrey assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
1/21: D Russ Sinkewich loaned to Toledo (ECHL) by Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, played only one game over the past week, falling 3-1 to Bakersfield. The Steelheads are 20-15-4 and rank 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.