Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Stockton Heat

Texas Stars
30-31-1-4, 65 pts, 0.492
#6 Pacific Division
v.Stockton Heat
28-25-4-2, 62 pts, 0.525
#5 Pacific Division
March 28th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

It's basically do or die for the Texas Stars now. Needing a perfect 10-0 record in their final ten games in order to match the pace set by fourth place Bakersfield, they'll have to give it all they've got in the final game of the season against the Heat. This game also serves as the rubber match of a three-game set between the two teams all played in Cedar Park over the past four days.

Calling all cliches in this one. Texas will need a good start, something they've not often gotten but have done well with when they've had it. They are also going to need to stay disciplined. They're the worst in the league on the PK (75.2%) and can't afford to give up goals to a team that can score in bunches (3.05/gm for 10th in league).

One interesting and random wrinkle is the addition of Cam Braes to the Heat roster. Braes was very briefly a Texas Star. He decided to leave professional hockey after the 2015 preseason in order to pursue a master's degree. Having finished that, he has now decided pro hockey might be for him again and has joined the Heat on an ATO.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, Elie (call up)
Fyten (questionable)

Website: stocktonheat.com
Twitter: @ahlheat

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