10-9-1-1, 22 pts
#6 Central Division
14-7-3-0, 31 pts
#2 Central Division
December 5th at 7:00 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX
|Erik Condra has gone ballistic.|
(credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
One major positive to take away from Condra's recent play beyond the five point outing is the consistency with which he is scoring. The Chicago game gave him an eight-game point streak, meaning Texas is getting steady contributions from players other than Justin Dowling, Travis Morin, and Denis Gurianov. That bodes well for a team primed to push up the standings. If Condra maintains his lead in team scoring throughout the season, it will have been an unexpected but welcome story to celebrate.
That consistent scoring will certainly come in handy against the defensive-minded Milwaukee Admirals. The two teams met recently on November 30th with the Stars coming out on top 4-1. In that game, Adam Mascherin pitched in with two goals to go with tallies from Condra and Joel L'Esperance. The Stars befuddled Ads netminder Troy Grosenick in that game. It's a safe bet he'll make it tougher on them this time should he get the start.
Another interesting matchup will be on special teams. The potent power play (2nd in AHL) for the Stars should get some opportunities at home against the third ranked penalty kill for Milwaukee. Last time, the Stars got the better end of that exchange, going 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM CST.
Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Bayreuther, Hanley, Fedun, Hintz (call up)