Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Milwaukee Admirals

Texas Stars
12-8-1-1, 26 pts
#3 Pacific Division
atMilwaukee Admirals
13-6-1-0, 27 pts
#3 Central Division
December 6th at 3:00 PM
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

If Rockford was a team that has turned the corner since the Stars last played them, boy, look out for the Milwaukee Admirals. After they beat Texas on October 27th, they dropped two and then went on a ten-game winning streak. When these two teams first faced off, Daniel Lavender from Admirals Roundtable talked about how he wasn't sure where the offensive would come from for this team. It turns out they found it. Viktor Arvidsson won the November Player of the Month award and has 7-10=17 so far this season. Frederick Gaudreau is 5-8=13 and Vladislav Kamenev, who scored against Texas, is 5-7=12. Max Reinhart, Taylor Aronson and Trevor Murphy are all in double digits on points as well.

Of course, with success comes the callup. Arvidsson is in Nashville now and Juuse Saros, their goaltender for most of those wins, had a brief call up. Over the past three games, the Ads have dropped two, including a loss to the resurgent Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Ads are a good test for a Stars team that is coming off a disappointing loss. Interestingly, the Stars have a very good road record, 7-4-1, but have been pretty meager at home (5-4-1).

With the assignment of Gemel Smith and Cole Ully, Texas will have a slightly different lineup than on Wednesday. Cory Kane or, if he's healthy, Jason Dickinson could join the lineup. Texas could also add a 7th defenseman, which has been commonplace recently. Either Jack Campbell or John Muse will go in net now that Lagace has been assigned. If Campbell goes, can he play within himself to get the saves this team needs him to get?

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson (lower body, questionable)
Hulak (upper body)

Admirals Web Resources:
Team blog: In The Crease
Online media: Admirals Roundtable (@adsroundtable)
Twitter: @mkeadmirals