43-22-5-6, 97 pts
#1 Western Conference
41-28-4-3, 89 pts
#8 Western Conference
Series tied 1-1
May 1st at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Texas clears the slate of callups tonight and has a heck of a lot to juggle on the lineups with three new additions. Milwaukee is similarly 'disadvantaged' with six new bodies in the lineup. Unfortunately, those six made up 63 of Milwaukee’s 197 regular season goals.
As the numbers show, the Stars have not had a lot of success recently on the home front. The Stars haven't won in Cedar Park since a victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on March 30th. The entire month of April was winless for Texas at home. Meanwhile, Milwaukee hasn't lost on the road since April 2nd. Their next most recent road loss before that? February 26th. Something has got to give for Texas to win this series.
It looks like the lineups for tonight will feature a top nine that looks more like a top six. Here are the first three lines as seen in practice this week:
I would add on Gazdic-Petersen-Wathier to that combination. That leaves your scratches as Sonne, McKenzie, Cameron, Faksa, Todd and either Glennie or Vause.
On defense, Jordie Benn has to be in. There was a lot of success in the early season with Oleksiak and Benn together. Connauton and Gaunce were a good pair since the trade deadline, and Fortunus and Morrow have had some pairings together since then as well. That gives:
Scratches: Sloan, Wrenn, Jokipakka, Commodore, Klingberg, Nemeth (injury).
It seems about right.
Also adding to the pressure tonight will be Jim Nill's visit to the Cedar Park Center. Former Texas Stars Brenden Dillon and Antoine Roussel won't be among those making a sojourn to Central Texas though as both leave today to represent their countries in the World Championships.
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