Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Bakersfield Condors

Texas Stars
17-11-1-1, 36 pts, 0.600
#3 Pacific Division
atBakersfield Condors
11-12-3-0, 25 pts, 0.481
#8 Pacific Division
December 23rd at 9:00 PM
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA

Texas faces off against the bottom team in the Pacific division, but they're no pushovers. The Condors have claimed 3 of a possible four points against Texas so far this season and have the best record of any last-in-the-division team in the league, just one game back form .500.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
It speaks to the strength (again) of the Pacific division this year. Texas is lucky to be toward the top of the pack this season. The same was true last year but Texas found itself on the outside at the end of the season.

The Condors come in hot off a 4-3 shootout victory over the same Barracuda squad that Texas played last night. They have been alternating wins and losses pretty consistently for the last month. A four-game losing streak against Tucson and Stockton in mid-November is really the only difference between this team and a better than .500 record.

Texas has stumbled a bit in their recent going. Of course, saying that acknowledges how insanely well they have done over the past twenty games or so. In their last four, they are 1-2-1, but before that, they were 11-3, which has moved then from one below .500 to 6 ahead.

Look for McKenna to get a start tonight with Bow getting his starts in the last two games in three nights.

Stars injury/call up report:
Rallo, Regner (injury)

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