Gameday Preview: Stars at Abbotsford Heat

Texas Stars
34-16-3-5, 76 pts
#1 Western Conference
atAbbotsford Heat
33-19-4-2, 72 pts
#5 Western Conference
March 5th at 9:00 PM
Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, BC

The Texas Stars lost Chris Mueller to call up for yesterday's game but got that offense replaced from a source they were hoping would spark the entire month of February. Dustin Jeffrey is a point-per-game player everywhere but Texas in his AHL career. With two goals in yesterday's contest while centering Mueller's usual linemates Glennie and Ranford, he started to put a dent in the lack of offense he's had while in Cedar Park.

Between when this report will publish and when the game will start, all sorts of things could be changing for the Texas roster. The NHL trade deadline is at 2 PM Central.

Previous years have seen departures from the Texas Stars rosters with nothing in return. For that case, see 2010's trade of Ivan Vishnevskiy to Atlanta for Kari Lehtonen. No one can argue that, for the system, that was a steal of a trade. However, it certainly hurt the Stars to lose their AHL All-Star defenseman. He was in the KHL within 18 months. Well, Lehtonen is on the other hand...

The other side of the coin is returns to Texas, sometimes too many even. Last year's embarrassment of riches thanks to the trades of Tomas Vincour, Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy put a lot of bodies in Texas. Kevin Connauton, Cameron Gaunce, Joe Morrow were all defensemen that came back in those trades. At one point, Doug Lidster was managing twelve healthy defensemen on the roster. I can't say which one of the two this year will be or if it will be nothing much at all either way. Just watch the deadline deals for Texas ripples.

The Stars are likely to start Cristopher Nilstorp, a nice luxury that is surely setting Willie Desjardins' mind at ease. With Campbell and Nilstorp healthy, it should be a steady diet of the two of them for the next month and a half.

Stars injury/call up report:
Mueller (call up)
Petersen (injury)

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