Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Bakersfield Condors

Texas Stars
31-34-1-4, 67 pts, 0.479
#5 Pacific Division
v.Bakersfield Condors
31-25-5-1, 68 pts, 0.548
#4 Pacific Division
April 5th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Be sure to grab a program as you walk in tonight, because you may not recognize these Texas Stars without one. Several subtractions and additions since the last home game have filled the team with a lot of raw, young talent.

The first will be Reid Sturos, who has already played a few games with Texas, has yet to make his home debut. The forward out of Michigan Tech collected an assist on Saturday and wears #37. Nicholas Caamano will also be making his pro debut. He's an 18 year old who will go back to the Flint for next season but has a chance to get a very 'from the firehose' taste of professional hockey tonight against Bakersfield. Finally, Chris Martenet, the 6'7" defenseman out of Ottawa (most recently), could be a lineup option as well.

The Stars will be without Dowling, Elie, Dickinson, Honka and Smith. Austin Fyten is still questionable with a head injury from that puck to the face two weekends ago.

If you want to get down to the numbers of the game tonight, this could be the one that officially eliminates the Stars. If Bakersfield, who is in the four spot, beats Texas, it's over. With 6 games remaining for everyone still in the playoff hunt, the magic number line is 24. Texas is at 23 tonight and a loss would drop the line to 22 while the Stars' magic number would stay at 23.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie, Dickinson, Honka, Smith, Dowling (call up)
Fyten (injury)

Condors Web Resources:
Blog (Official): Inside the Condors
Twitter: @Condors
Twitter: @CondorsHolty (PBP)