Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Milwaukee Admirals

Texas Stars
2-3-0-0, 4 pts
#12 Western Conference
v.Milwaukee Admirals
2-2-0-0, 4 pts
#9 Western Conference
October 24th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Stars expect Scott Glennie to play in his first game of the season this evening. Les Jackson told Stars Inside Edge that it was a conditioning issue, "He wasn’t ready to go, so in fairness to him and the other players he stayed out until he was ready to go."

The Stars face off against unfortunately infrequent visitors to the Cedar Park Center, the Milwaukee Admirals, this evening. Unfortunately infrequent because games against the Admirals are always a spirited affair. In the first two seasons, games with Milwaukee were almost always one-goal games or shootouts. Mark Dekanich, Jeremy Smith, Brent Krahn, Matt Climie, and Richard Bachman combined for some of the best goalie play that Texas Stars fans have ever seen in these previous series. So far this season, Milwaukee has played in all one-goal games, if that's any indication of tonight.

So what's the book on Milwaukee this season? Bad news for Texas is that Jeremy Smith is back and just as good as ever. Despite a 1-2 record, he is the undisputed #1 on the team. His 2.37 GAA and 0.891SV% are certainly far better than either of the Texas Stars tenders.

Also back to bother from previous years are forwards Michael Latta, Gabriel Bourque and Chris Mueller. (Bourque is injured and won't play this week.) Added to that lineup are Patrick Cehlin (3-0-3 in 4 GP) and Mattias Ekholm (2-2-4 in 4 GP).

Special teams work was needed and was done this week in practice. The Stars are #25 (9.5%) on the PP and last on the PK (60%). The Admirals are #11 (23.8%) on the PP and #7 on the PK (88.2%).

The Stars are 6-2-1-0 against Milwaukee at home and 12-5-1-0 all time. Here's a recap of Milwaukee's weekend games to read over as well.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour (injury)

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

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