10-7-0-0, 20 pts
#6 West Division
10-7-1-2, 23 pts
#4 West Division
November 24th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Texas and Houston face-off again in the back half of a home-and-home. As per usual with consecutive games against the same team, we'll limit the analysis a bit here.
Texas should be putting out Richard Bachman for this evening's game. Bachman, last week's AHL Player of the Week, is 5-2-0 on the season with a 1.91 GAA and .937 SV%. Backup Tyler Beskorowany stopped 27 of 30 shots in his AHL debut but took the loss in H-town.
On the Houston side, Matt Hackett actually returned to the team in time for Sunday's game. Anton Khudobin is having an excellent statistical year (2.06 GAA and .933 SV%) despite his mediocre record of 6-5-1.
When you see stats like that, it's an indication of a lack of scoring support. Indeed, Houston ranks in the bottom half of the league in goals for per game at 2.65. Their goals against per game is top ten at 2.55 and Texas is not far behind at 2.59. The Stars also lack offensive punch at times, tied with the Aeros at 2.65 GF/Game as well.
In the Stars last meeting with the Aeros, Tomas Vincour was knocked out of the game in the first period by an elbow from Colton Gillies. Vincour did not return and is currently listed as day-to-day with an unspecified upper body injury. Goalie Brent Krahn is still on the shelf with a lower body injury but is listed day-to-day as well.
Stars injury/call up report:
Krahn (day-to-day lower body)
Vincour (day-to-day upper body)
Blindenbacher (call up)
Blog (unofficial): The Third Intermission