The Texas Stars went 2-1-0 over the past week and are now 10-8-7 on the season. The Stars, who put together their first three-game winning streak since early in the season, rank 11th in the Western Conference, but they are only one point out of eighth place. Here’s the latest on Dallas’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Wednesday December 10: Texas 5, Oklahoma City 1
Anders Lindback stopped 34 of 35 shots as the Stars defeated Oklahoma City, 5-1, at Cedar Park Center Wednesday night. The Stars won consecutive games for the first time since early November and snapped an eight-game winning streak for Oklahoma City.
“I liked the way our team played tonight. It’s been awhile since we’ve had back-to-back wins,” said Texas coach Derek Laxdal. “It’s a pretty solid win.”
The Stars scored four goals in the first 26 minutes of the game, chasing Barons starter Richard Bachman from the contest. Greg Rallo scored two goals and Justin Dowling, William Wrenn and Jesse Root also scored for Texas.
Friday December 12: Texas 3, Charlotte 1
The Stars won their third straight game, defeating Charlotte, 3-1, at Cedar Park Center Friday night. Anders Lindback stopped 21 of 22 shots and Branden Troock, Matej Stransky and Greg Rallo scored for Texas. The three-game winning streak was the first for Texas since it opened the season 3-0-0.
Saturday December 13: Charlotte 3, Texas 1
The Stars ended their homestand with a 3-1 loss to Charlotte at Cedar Park Center Saturday night. Greg Rallo scored the lone goal for Texas. Anders Lindback stopped 27 of 29 shots. Checkers goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 34 shots for his 200th AHL win.
The week ahead
Friday December 19: Texas at Utica, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday December 20: Texas at Toronto, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday December 21: Texas at Hamilton, 2:00 p.m.
*Texas has used 33 players so far this season, including 18 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders. The Stars are tied for ninth among AHL teams in players used. Norfolk, which is Anaheim’s affiliate, leads the way with 42 players used so far this season, including six different goaltenders.
*Forward Branden Troock scored his first AHL goal in Friday’s win over Charlotte.
*Greg Rallo scored four goals in three games over the past week.
*Texas is 7-2-4 at home and 3-6-3 on the road.
*Texas is 8-0-4 when scoring the first goal of the game. Their .833 points percentage is tied for second in the league.
*Texas is 6-0-2 when leading after one period and 7-0-3 when leading after two periods. They are 0-8-3 when trailing after two periods.
*Texas was 12-13 on the penalty kill last week and has killed 30 of the last 33 opposition power plays.
*Here is where Texas ranks in some key statistical categories:
Goals for: 2.68 (19th)
Goals against: 2.92 (19th)
Shots for: 34.0 (3rd)
Shots against: 31.7 (22nd)
Power play: 17.9 (12th)
Penalty kill: 84.3 (13th)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Scott Glennie – Justin Dowling – Brett Ritchie
Brendan Ranford – Radek Faksa – Greg Rallo
Gemel Smith – Jesse Root – Matej Stransky
Taylor Stefishen – Taylor Peters – Branden Troock
Cameron Gaunce – Maxime Fortunus
Derek Meech – Julius Honka
Connor Hardowa – William Wrenn
12/14: G Anders Lindback recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).
12/14: G Jussi Rynnas assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
12/13: D Jamie Oleksiak recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).
12/11: D Jamie Oleksiak assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL).
12/11: Texas signed LW Taylor Stefishen to PTO.
12/11: C Travis Morin recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL).
12/9: D Mike Dalhuisen assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL).
The Idaho Steelheads, Dallas’ ECHL affiliate, went 2-0-0 over the past week. The Steelheads are 15-8-2 on the season and rank first in the Pacific Division.
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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.