Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at San Jose Barracuda

Texas Stars
5-5-0-1, 11 pts, 0.500
#6 Pacific Division
atSan Jose Barracuda
3-5-0-1, 7 pts, 0.389
#7 Pacific Division
November 5th at 7:00 PM
SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Texas finishes their weekend (but not their road trip) this evening with a jaunt over to San Jose. The Barracuda are not looking like the world beaters they were last season. Indeed, they are 3-5-0-1 and haven't won in the week since Texas last played them at home. Their lone game was a 4-2 loss at the hands of the similarly pitiful Ontario Reign.

The Barracuda will be playing their first home game in over two weeks, coming back from a five-game road trip that sent them from Ohio to Texas and finally to south California. Texas opens this six-game stand for them as they seek to get back to the type of hockey that won them the division last year.

To that same point, Texas is looking to shake off the past two games, rough losses for different reasons. One big way to break out of that funk would be a solid night for the power play. Even one power play goal would be a fantastic way to shake that off. Two might be too much to ask, but a good percentage (1/4, 1/5) would go a long way.

With the team on the road, it's tough to know right now, but both Gavin Bayreuther and Denis Gurianov missed the game last night. Those aren't players who would miss as healthy scratches, generally, so one important thing to watch for will be their inclusion or exclusion from the lineup.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie, Dickinson (call up)

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Twitter: @SJbarracuda