Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gameday Preview: Stars at Oklahoma City Barons

Texas Stars
16-13-9-0, 39 pts
#9 Western Conference
atOklahoma City Barons
26-9-2-2, 56 pts
#1 Western Conference
January 17th at 7:00 PM
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

UPDATE: Dallas has recalled Curtis McKenzie and Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars this morning. Dallas plays at home against Washington tonight.

That thing Texas did last night was beautiful. Shutting out the Barons, who have not been shut out all year, on their home ice was a masterful performance from the whole team. Jussi Rynnas took the cake, but Texas helped him hold it up by scoring a few as well. If the Stars could copy-paste last night to tonight, they'd do it in an instant.

The biggest thing Texas will probably want to tighten up is the shot total against. Allowing 39 on net is not a good number for the Stars. Coach Laxdal has a magic number of 25; he likes to keep the opposition under it and his club over it. Look to see if they can do that tonight.

Open question of what happens in goal. OKC is starting a 3-in-3 so they probably go with Bachman to get Brossoit rest for Sunday. The Stars have an opportunity to ride the hot hand and go to Rynnas again. We'll know more after morning skate.

Stars injury/call up report:
Ritchie, McKenzie, Jokipakka (call up)
Troock, Faksa (injury)

Website: okcbarons.com
Blog: Tend the Farm
Twitter: @OKCBarons

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