Gameday Preview: Stars v. Lake Erie Monsters

Texas Stars
44-17-3-6, 95 pts
#1 Western Conference
v.Lake Erie Monsters
29-31-0-9, 67 pts
#13 Western Conference
April 6th at 5:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

The Texas Stars look to hit a few milestones with today's game, all dependent on a win and two points. First, the Stars can extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games with the win today against Lake Erie. Those two points would push them to 99 on the season, tying the highest mark ever set by the franchise. More impressively, that 99 point mark was set in 2009-10 when there were 80 games on the schedule. Now there are only 76. Finally, a win today would close the season series with Lake Erie at a perfect 4-0.

Of course, Texas will definitely be hoping for an effort similar to Friday, which saw Brett Ritchie score a franchise-record four goals in a game. It was a good night for the second line to step up. Almost every other line was in chaos with some member of the trio out and replaced by a new player. Alex Guptill and Radek Faksa had pretty limited nights as Guptill had a shot and two PIMs while Faksa was minus-1 with two shots.

Look for Nilstorp in net and a tired Monsters team on the other side. The Rampage beat Lake Erie last night in San Antonio 3-0. Calvin Pickard played last night, so Sami Aittokallio may be your goalie again.

Stars injury/call up report:
Nemeth, Sceviour, Jeffrey (call up)
Petersen (injured)

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