Gameday Preview: Stars v. Houston Aeros

Texas Stars
1-1-0-0, -- pts
#-- West Division
v.Houston Aeros
0-0-0-0, -- pts
#-- West Division
October 3rd at 5:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Texas will play their third and final preseason game today against yet another team that has not had a preseason game prior to the Texas Stars. The Aeros, who were scheduled to play the Rampage last week, had their only other preseason game cancelled due to poor ice conditions at the Sugarland rink where they were set to play.

The Aeros, much like the Stars, will surely have a lot of unfamiliar names on the ice. For the Aeros, there will even be a new body behind the bench. Following last year's disappointing record, the Aeros replaced head coach Kevin Constantine with Mike Yeo, previously of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yeo has connections to the organization, having won the Turner Cup as the captain of the Aeros in 1999. Darryl Sydor, who played many years with the Dallas organization, is also behind the bench in Houston as an assistant coach.

Despite prior thoughts, Richard Bachman is likely not going to start today's game. Perhaps a split with Krahn. Up to 10 guys who weren't in the lineup last night could swap in for tonight's game so expect some names you may not recognize (yet).

With all of these tryouts, the big thing that Coach Gulutzan feels he needs to see is energy. These players need to provide a "shot in the arm" while looking to the "old guys to provide leadership".

Tom Wandell, a centerman, will also certainly be in the game for Texas. Wandell is in Cedar Park on a conditioning assignment from Dallas following a shoulder injury. Dallas felt it was best to give him a quick stint in Cedar Park instead of pushing him directly into NHL action versus St. Louis last night. Wandell will surely go back to Dallas after today's game.

Stars injury/call up report:

Blog (unofficial): The Third Intermission
Twitter: @Houston_Aeros


  1. I have to admit, I'm looking forward to seeing Sydor behind the bench as much as anything else. He was always my favorite Star on those 90s Dallas teams. Wish he'd been able to stay in the Stars organization.

  2. I second that about Sydor. He and Zubie were the perfect compliment to Hatch, Chambers, Matvichuk and Ludwig.


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