The Texas Stars hit the AHL’s All-Star break sitting in second place in the West Division and fourth in the Western Conference with a 29-15-6 record. The Stars are two points behind Abbotsford, which is in first in both the Western Conference and the West Division.
Texas, which went 1-1-1 over the past week, was 4-5-1 in its final ten games before the break.
Stars center Travis Morin set a new franchise record for points in a season when he recorded point number 67 last week, breaking his own record of 66 set in 2011-12.
Morin and teammate Colton Sceviour will play in this week’s AHL All-Star Classic and so will a top Stars defense prospect from Europe.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ AHL affiliate.
Tuesday, February 4: Oklahoma City 5, Texas 2
The Stars wrapped up a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, ending the stretch with a 3-4-0 record. Jamie Oleksiak and Travis Morin scored goals. Josh Robinson got the start in goal and stopped 27 of 31 shots.
"I don't think we played good enough," said Texas coach Willie Desjardins. "OKC played well, they didn't give us a lot, and we didn’t get going. Our specialty teams have been good all year and they just weren’t good enough the past couple games. We lost that battle, and that's the difference between winning and losing."
Saturday, February 8: Abbotsford 3, Texas 2 (SO)
Texas was in Abbotsford over the weekend for a pair of games against the Western Conference leaders and dropped the first one, 3-2, in a shootout on Saturday. Brett Ritchie and Hubert Labrie scored goals for Texas. Morin picked up an assist, establishing a new franchise mark for points in a season with his 67th point. Morin, who set the club record with 66 points in 2011-12, broke it in game in Texas’ 49th game of the season. Cristopher Nilstorp got the start in goal, stopping 25 of 27 in regulation and overtime, and then stopping four of seven in the shootout. Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller tallied in the shootout for Texas.
Sunday, February 9: Texas 7, Abbotsford 2
The Stars headed into the All-Star break with a 7-2 win over Abbotsford on Sunday, pulling to within two points of both the Western Conference and West Division leads. Colton Sceviour and Scott Glennie scored two goals each. Ritchie, Jyrki Jokipakka and Hedden also scored for the Stars, who tied a franchise record for goals in a period when they tallied six times in the second. Nilstorp stopped 33 of 35 shots.
The week ahead
*Wednesday February 12, AHL All Stars vs. Farjestad BK, 5:30 p.m., Fox Sports Southwest
*Saturday, February 15, Texas at Hamilton, 6:00 p.m.
*Sunday, February 16, Texas at Rochester, 2:05 p.m.
AHL All-Star Classic
The AHL will hold its All-Star Classic Wednesday in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Texas forwards Colton Sceviour and Travis Morin will be on a team of AHL All-Stars that will take on Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League. Playing for Farjestad will be Stars defense prospect Ludwig Bystrom, a second round pick (41st overall) in 2012. The game will be carried on Fox Sports Southwest starting at 5:30 p.m. Central Time. The AHL’s Skills Competition, which will be held Tuesday, will be carried on Fox Sports Southwest Plus, starting at 5:30 p.m. Central Time.
*Center Travis Morin leads the AHL in points with 68 (27 goals, 41 assists) in 44 games.
*Right wing Colton Sceviour ranks third in scoring with 53 points (29 goals, 24 assists) in 43 games.
*Center Chris Mueller and Curtis McKenzie are tied for sixth in scoring with 45 points. Mueller has 21 goals and 24 assists in 48 games. McKenzie, who leads all rookies in scoring, has 16 goals and 29 assists in 49 games.
*Sceviour leads the AHL in goal scoring with 29.
*Morin ranks second in goals with 27.
*Mueller is tied for 5th in goal scoring with 21.
*Brett Ritchie scored two goals over the past week, giving him seven goals in his last 13 games.
*The Stars rank second in the AHL in scoring at 3.68 per game.
*Texas is 17th in goals against at 2.88 per game.
*The Stars are first in shots per game at 37.8.
*The Stars are 11th in shots against per game at 29.4.
*Texas ranks first in the league on the power play at 27.6 percent.
*Texas ranks fifth on the penalty kill at 85.1 percent.
Here is the lineup Texas rolled out in its last game.
Dustin Jeffrey – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Curtis McKenzie – Chris Mueller – Scott Glennie
Mike Hedden – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Taylor Peters – Matej Stransky
Jamie Oleksiak – Derek Meech
Jyrki Jokipakka – Cameron Gaunce
Maxime Fortunus – Hubert Labrie
Injured: Jack Campbell, Patrik Nemeth, Toby Petersen, Taylor Vause
2/6: C/LW Dustin Jeffrey assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
2/5: RW Brock Montgomery assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 3-0-0 last week, running their winning streak to four games. The Steelheads are 24-16-5 on the season, ranking 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.