4-4-1-1, 10 pts
#6 Central Division
3-4-0-0, 6 pts
#8 Pacific Division
November 3rd at 9:00 PM
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA
Thursday's matchup was supposed to be an easy win to right the ship for Texas. However, hot offense and a rough PK and goaltending effort left them pointless in Ontario. Bakersfield is similarly positioned as the Reign in the Pacific Division standings.
|(Credit: Taylor Sammarco/Texas Stars)
If you think the answer is to recall Philippe Desrosiers, that may not be the solve. Desrosiers is 2-3-1 in the ECHL this season and just let up four on 31 shots last night in Toledo. He personally has a 2.52 GAA and .920 SV%, which admittedly beats anything going on in the AHL this season for Texas. However, the level of competition is the other question.
Texas is playing a Bakersfield team that scores a ton (4 goals/gm) but can't match those strong offensive nights with defensive performances to match. Of course, they have scored 8 goals in two different games (both against Stockton). Removing those two games from the total shifts it down to 12 goals in 5 games (2.4/gm) and gives a better picture of where they're at as a team.
One blast from the past to watch for tonight is Al Montoya. The Oilers picked up the vet tender last season in a trade with the Canadiens. He hasn't played against Texas since the four seasons he spent in San Antonio in the early 2010s.
Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Heatherington, Dowling (call up)