Friday, December 1, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
12-8-0-1, 25 pts, 0.595
#3 Pacific Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
8-10-0-2, 18 pts, 0.450
#6 Central Division
December 1st at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The Texas Stars are seriously rockin' and rollin' on their road trip. The trip can already be considered a success with a 4-1 record and a four-game win streak. That goes on the line tonight against the Griffins again.

Let's talk about what's going well for the Stars. First of all, the goaltending has significantly improved. Landon Bow has allowed 2 or fewer goals in each of the last four games. The Stars power play is also clicking along nicely on the road with a 17.4% clip. The kill still needs improvement, but it hasn't mattered as much with the Stars scoring more consistently on their own opportunities. Curtis McKenzie has been a huge difference maker on the trip. He's scored two hat tricks and has 20 points on the season, second only behind Travis Morin at 22. Respectively, they are ranked 11th and 7th in overall scoring in the league. McKenzie's six power play goals ties him for second as well.

The Stars have one game left after tonight in their road trip, a quick jaunt to Rockford.

Grand Rapids also took last night off as they prepared for tonight's game. It's very strange to see a Todd Nelson coached team struggle in this league. His time with Oklahoma City showed that he is an excellent coach at this level.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie (call up)

Website: griffinshockey.com
Twitter: @GriffinsHockey
Blog: Griffins Hockey on MLive.com

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