Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Milwaukee Admirals

Texas Stars
20-22-2-2, 44 pts
#15 Western Conference
v.Milwaukee Admirals
24-19-1-1, 50 pts
#10 Western Conference
February 8th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

It's back-to-backs against the same team, so we don't quite have as much to discuss today. Milwaukee and Texas tilt for the second straight night this evening in Cedar Park. It will be the last meeting between the two teams this season.

For all intents and purposes, it was a battle of the backups last night. Tonight's game could be the main event with rising star Jeremy Smith battling NHL vet Andrew Raycroft. Last night's 4-3 score was a bit atypical of the Stars-Ads rivalry. If those two netminders man the pipes tomorrow night, good money would go on a 2-1 game.

As to how the Stars feel about the game tonight, Coach Pyle summarizes it, "[Last night,] we out played them; we out everything-ed them." They look to prepare the same way and play a similar game, hoping to get more fortuitous bounces early if they can earn a shot advantage.

In the playoff race, the Stars are seven points out of 8th but still need 40 points to keep up thanks to a win by the Rampage today. That's 40 points in 30 games, or a record of 20-10. Here we go.

In other news, Texas is expected to recall Jake Hauswirth today from RGV and send Mike Berube back to Allen. Be sure to come a little early to tonight's game as the Stars will be celebrating Brad Lukowich's 1000 professional games before the puck drop.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sawada, Labrie (injury)
Larsen, Vincour (callup)

Admirals Web Resources:
Website: milwaukeeadmirals.com
Blog (Official): In The Crease
Blog (Unofficial): Admirals Roundtable (@adsroundtable)
Twitter: @mkeadmirals

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