46-27-3-4, 99 pts
#2 West Division
52-17-3-8, 115 pts
#1 North Division
Bulldogs lead 3-2
May 24th at 6:30 PM
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON
The Texas Stars stare elimination and the long summer in the face tonight in Ontario as Hamilton has a chance to close out the series and advance to the Calder Cup Finals. Texas will have to have a better performance than Saturday night in order to force Game 7 on Wednesday night in Hamilton.
Texas had a lot of difficulty with not getting shots on goal and causing havoc in front of the net for goaltender Curtis Sanford. Texas cannot get outshot in tonight's game or the outcome will not be pleasant. In all of Hamilton's wins, Texas has been outshot by at least 7. Texas has only led the shot count once, in Game 4 at 32-27. The goals aren't going to be pretty and that needs to be OK. Minimize passing unnecessarily and take the shot. When you send the puck to the net, good things will happen, especially if you plant someone in front.
The Stars have scored 10 goals in the previous five games of the series. Half of them have come off the stick of Jamie Benn. Benn has shown that he can fight through the pressure that the Bulldogs have put on him, as he did in Game 4, but can Coach Gulutzan count on that? Do we see some line shuffling in this last game in an attempt to shake things up a bit? Perhaps trying someone like Travis Morin out as a center for the Benn line might provide some good offense.
It looks like Texas will be without the services of Brent Krahn for the rest of the series, if not the playoffs, at this point. The Stars will need to give aid to Climie in the form of making sure that second chances are eliminated. Rebound control has been a traditional issue for Climie, so Texas needs to make sure they get to those pucks and block out their man.
Stars injury/call up report:
Krahn (concussion, gametime decision)
Wilson (unspecified, day-to-day)