Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Ontario Reign

Texas Stars
32-19-4-3, 71 pts, 0.612
#2 Pacific Division
v.Ontario Reign
31-14-3-1, 66 pts, 0.673
#1 Pacific Division
February 27th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Just a few notes with the same teams facing off for a second night.
(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
  • Last chance for Texas to earn a W against Ontario this season. This game ends the season series.
  • Peter Budaj is expected again in net for the Reign. Texas Stars coach Laxdal indicated with a wink and a nod last night that Maxime Lagace has 'young legs' and they'd see where he is in the morning. Odds are he'll be in for Texas as well, despite facing 51 shots last night.
  • Coach Laxdal noted that Ontario and San Diego are similar in their heaviness, but I asked what made them different, specifically pointing to their records against the Stars (5-0 for Ontario, 1-5 for San Diego).

    Laxdal said: "Ontario is a much more defensive than San Diego. They play tighter and structure, that LA style. They're tough to play. Trying to get a grade A scoring chance, you have to create by movement."
Stars injury/call up report:
Faksa (call up)
Rallo, Shore, Dowling, Morin (injury)

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