5-2-0-1, 11 pts
#4 Pacific Division
2-3-0-1, 5 pts
#7 Pacific Division
October 30th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
The Bakersfield Condors are a very familiar opponent for the Texas Stars. Even if the names are different, the Condors are the Edmonton Oilers' farm team and that means they share much of the same player roster as the Oklahoma City Barons have had for the past several years. After double-digit numbers of games against them nearly every season since inception, Texas knows this team well.
The Condors were one of the ECHL markets promoted to the AHL this season in the westward shift. Tonight's game is one of eight against the Condors for Texas, split evenly home and away of course.
One player to watch for is Leon Draisaitl. It's his first year in the AHL but he is not a rookie. After being drafted 3rd overall in 2014, he was pulled into the NHL for 37 games, burning a year of his contract. Midseason the Oil decided to send him back to the WHL, where he won the Memorial Cup MVP with Kelowna. It was a tough blunder for a team that has had issues managing super star top picks.
Laurent Brossoit has taken the lion's share of work in the net early in the season with 4 GP and both of the team's wins (both shutouts).
For the Stars, this is the start of a 5 game homestand that they will seek to use to bolster their record. A hot start of 4-0 has cooled off to 1-2-0-1 in the second set of four games. In looking at the opponents, Texas should work its hardest to walk away with four points this weekend because the remainder of the homestand is not very kind. San Antonio visits for a pair (#2 Pacific) and then Stockton again (#5 Pacific but with great goaltending).
Stars injury/call up report:
Campbell, McKenzie, Faksa (call up)
Condors Web Resources:
Blog (Official): Inside the Condors
Twitter: @CondorsHolty (PBP)