Gameday Preview: Stars v. Toronto Marlies

Texas Stars
6-5-0-0, 12 pts
#6 West Division
v.Toronto Marlies
3-6-0-1, 7 pts
#7 North Division
November 6th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

After last night's disappointing performance in the Sooner state, Texas hopes to improve their luck against the last place team in the North Division, the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies game last year was a great game for the Stars. Texas won a 5-1 decision in front of a sellout crowd that was treated to three fights.

The Stars get the Marlies early in the season this year. So far, Toronto has been mostly down but mercurial. Despite being the last place team in the North, they have strong wins against the Barons and Rampage, the #1 and #2 teams in the West Division. This can be a dangerous team so they should not be written off because of their record.

The Marlies are led on offense by rookie Nazem Kadri. Kadri, the Maple Leafs' 1st round draft pick in the 2009 draft, is a highly regarding prospect in the Toronto system. Many, include Hockey's Future, believed that Kadri could move directly into the NHL and indeed the assignment of Kadri to the Marlies upset some Maple Leafs fans. He has been sent down to get some AHL seasoning and is doing rather well with 4 goals and 5 assists. Others to keep an eye on include Tyler Bozak and Carl Gunnarsson.

In net for Toronto is another much-touted prospect, Jussi Rynnas. Rynnas was yet another highly sought-after Scandinavian netminder that the Leafs picked up in free agency. The 6'5" Finn has yet to win a game in the AHL with a 0-3-1 record, 2.56 GAA, and .909 SV%. James Reimer is the other man in the mask for Toronto. The Leafs' 4th round draft pick from the 2006 Draft is 3-3 on the young season with a 2.90 GAA and .915 SV%. Rynnas started the Marlies game against the Aeros last night, a 3-2 shootout loss. The Marlies will play on Sunday in Oklahoma City as well.

For Texas, clearly Brent Krahn is over his illness since he started last night. Texas does not have a game on Sunday, so it is possible that Krahn could start again. I would still expect Bachman.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sawada, McCulloch, Blindenbacher (injury)

Blog (official): Bart's Bytes
Twitter: @TorontoMarlies