12-9-1-1, 26 pts
#3 Pacific Division
15-5-1-2, 33 pts
#1 Central Division
December 8th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Don't look now, but the IceHogs used the past week to vault to the top of the Central Division. Really, the entire Central Division is on fire at the moment. Currently, the third place team has a .659 points percentage. What the what? It probably helps that the two worst teams in the league are both in the division. Iowa and Manitoba are a combined 9-31-2-4. The Stars will play five of their next seven games against the Central Division; none will be against the Moose or Wild.
|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
Jack Campbell is not faring well in his return to the pipes in Texas. Aside from a win in Bakersfield before Thanksgiving, he has allowed at least three in every game he's played in. His goals against average is 4.27 and his SV% is .862.
Campbell has always been an eager and athletic goalie. He garnered praise when he entered the league for never giving up on a puck and always playing like he could make every save.
Now that he is a veteran, what was once perceived as athleticism is now over-eagerness. He should have an economy of movement instead of the frenetic attitude he often takes in net.
Further, you can read his mood in his body language. On a route shot into the zone last home game, Campbell miscalculated the angle and moved to deflect it. The puck was nowhere near the net and his movement was superfluous. Instantly, you could see the shoulders sink as the puck rimmed around the boards. Little things like that are adding up to easy shots that are missed and failing to execute on the simple plays that should be made.
If Campbell continues to play, you have to believe it's not Derek Laxdal's choice. His play is not giving the Stars the best chance to win every night.
But then again, what do you do to get him in gear? The Stars have the highest flyign offense in the West. If games are still being lost with that offense in front of him, Campbell might find himself in a tough spot very soon.
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