The Texas Stars have wrapped up the regular season and now will move onto the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Stars (40-25-11) finished third in the Pacific Division and will take on second-place San Diego in the first round of the playoffs. Texas won five of six from San Diego during the regular season, but the Gulls were one of the hottest teams to close out the season, winning 16 of their final 23 games (16-3-4).
In the ECHL, the Idaho Steelheads and the Allen Americans split the first two games of their first-round series in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Here’s the latest on Dallas’ minor league affiliates.
Texas-San Diego Playoff Schedule
The Stars and San Diego will play a best-of-five series in the first round. The first two games will be at Cedar Park Center. The next three are scheduled for San Diego.
Game 1 – Thursday, April 21: San Diego at Texas, 7:30 p.m. CDT
Game 2 – Saturday, April 23: San Diego at Texas, 7 p.m. CDT
Game 3 – Thursday, April 28: Texas at San Diego, 9:05 p.m. CDT
Game 4 – Friday, April 29: Texas at San Diego, 9:05 p.m. CDT (if necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, May 2: Texas at San Diego, 9:05 p.m. CDT (if necessary)
Regular season concludes
The Stars went 1-0-1 in their final two games of the regular season. They fell 6-5 in overtime to San Antonio on Wednesday. Curtis McKenzie scored twice for Texas and Derek Hulak, Greg Rallo and Cory Kane also scored. Maxime Lagace stopped 27 of 33 shots.
The Stars closed out the regular season with a 4-1 win over Manitoba on Saturday. Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots, and Esa Lindell, Mattias Backman, Matej Stransky and Rallo scored for the Stars, who went 6-3-2 in their final 11 games.
*Brendan Ranford led Texas with 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 76 games.
*Curtis McKenzie led the Stars in goal scoring with 24 in 61 games. Matej Stransky was second with 23 in 74 games.
*Julius Honka led Texas defensemen in scoring with 44 points (11 goals, 33 assists) in 73 games. Esa Lindell was second with 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) in 73 games. Honka (6th) and Lindell (9th) both finished among the top ten in scoring among AHL defensemen.
*Jason Dickinson finished seventh among AHL rookies in scoring with 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 73 games.
*Here’s where Texas ranked in some key statistical categories in the regular season.
Goals for: 3.64 (2nd)
Goals against: 3.24 (25th)
Shots for: 32.8 (3rd)
Shots against: 32.2 (24th)
Power play: 20.7 (4th)
Penalty kill: 81.0 (21st)
Here is the Texas lineup from the last game.
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Brendan Ranford
Jason Dickinson – Justin Dowling – Remi Elie
Derek Hulak – Greg Rallo – Matej Stransky
Cory Kane – Gemel Smith – Matt Mangene
Niklas Hansson – Esa Lindell
Mattias Backman – Julius Honka
Ludwig Bystrom – Jesse Blacker
Injured: Cole Ully, Branden Troock, Devin Shore
4/18: G Markus Ruusu signed to ATO by Texas (AHL)
4/17: RW Brett Ritchie assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)
Idaho Steelheads update
The Idaho Steelheads and the Allen Americans are tied 1-1 in their first-round playoff series. The Steelheads took game one, 3-1, in Allen behind a 36-save effort from goaltender Philippe Desrosiers. Stars forward prospect Emil Molin picked up an assist in the game. The Americans won game two, 3-1. Desrosiers stopped 31 of 34 shots for the Steelheads. The series now shifts to Idaho for the next three games.
Idaho-Allen Playoff Schedule (Series tied 1-1):
Game 1 – Thursday, April 14th: Steelheads 3, Americans 1
Game 2 – Saturday, April 16th: Americans 3, Steelheads 1
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 20th: Allen at Idaho 8:10 PM CDT
Game 4 – Friday, April 22nd: Allen at Idaho 8:10 PM CDT
Game 5 – Saturday, April 23rd: Allen at Idaho 8:10 PM CDT (If necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 26th: Idaho at Allen 7:05 PM CDT (If necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 27th: Idaho at Allen 7:05 PM CDT (If necessary)
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