Saturday, February 20, 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Bakersfield Condors

Texas Stars
31-19-3-3, 68 pts, 0.607
#2 Pacific Division
atBakersfield Condors
23-19-2-2, 50 pts, 0.543
#3 Pacific Division
February 20th at 9:00 PM
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA

Right back on the horse for Texas. The best way to overcome a loss is to play again quickly, a chance for 'quick redemption' as the coaching staff would say. Texas faces off against another divisional foe this evening, this time one they have had more success against on the season. The Stars have yet to lose to the Condors this year at home or away, claiming a perfect 4-0 record so far.

(Credit: Josh Rasmussen/Texas Stars)
Bakersfield is on the upswing. They just had a five-game win streak snapped last night, similar to Texas, by divisional rival San Diego. Their recent winning ways have vaulted them into third place in the Pacific. However, their lead is quite tenuous. Two other teams, San Diego and San Jose, also possess 0.543 win percentages and all three play again tonight.

One notable factor in tonight's game is the presence of a former Texas Star on the other side of the ice. Luke Gazdic is lacing them up in Bakersfield at the moment, currently seven games into his assignment there. In those games, he has a goal and three assists. Given the injury situation though, if Justin Dowling, Travis Morin and Greg Rallo do not play, Curtis McKenzie will be the only Texas Stars who played with Gazdic in Texas to lace up for the Stars tonight. Even at that, McKenzie only played five games at the end of the 2013 season and two playoff games. Amazing how fast things change.

Stars injury/call up report:
Faksa (call up)
Rallo, Shore, Dowling, Morin (injury)

Condors Web Resources:
Website: bakersfieldcondors.com
Blog (Official): Inside the Condors
Twitter: @Condors
Twitter: @CondorsHolty (PBP)

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