Texas Stars Report: Battling Back

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Despite being at thirteenth in the conference, the Texas Stars (23-25-2-2, 50 pts, #13 Western Conference) are on the upswing right now. Previous mired in last place, the Stars found a way to beat the white-hot San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) not once but twice this past weekend to brighten their chances at a playoff berth. Important games against divisional foes, all in the top eight of the conference, lie ahead in the next few weeks. The Stars' next five are against the division and fourteen of the remaining twenty-four overall.

The Stars are thin on extra bodies at the moment with the callup of Ryan Garbutt and injuries to Stephen Schultz and Dan Spang. Schultz's injury was particularly graphic, as he received a high hit from Bracken Kearns and left the ice bleeding from his eye. Even with callups, the Stars only have twelve healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen right now. And yet they are finding ways to win.

"Everybody contributed," said Pyle. "It was a really great weekend."
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