Friday, February 22, 2019

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
26-22-3-2, 57 pts
#5 Central Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
30-16-4-4, 68 pts
#1 Central Division
February 22nd at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

Texas is getting some reinforcements for tonight's game against the red-hot Grand Rapids Griffins, but unfortunately it's not where they need them the most.

(Credit: Texas Stars)

Landon Bow returns to the fold with two more games of NHL experience under his belt. Philippe Desrosiers has performed admirably in his absence. The fourth-year tender now owns the best save percentage and goals against on the team (.912 and 2.49, respectively).

Unfortunately, his efforts have not been rewarded. Texas has been hurting in their skating corps. Robbie Payne, Spencer Naas, and Brad McClure are all players taking regular shifts who were not expected to be anchoring bottom six at this point. With no malice toward those players, Texas is definitely missing the talents of Joel L'Esperance, Colin Markison and Sam Laberge. The Stars have scored more than 2 goals just twice in their last ten games and got shut out for the first time all year in Manitoba. Scoring is at a premium for Texas and the same players can't be the engine every single night. Rookie players like Nick Caamano and Adam Mascherin should see this as the perfect opportunity to make their mark on this club. If they don't, everyone might be golfing by mid-April.

Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Markison (lower body)
Laberge (upper body)
Fedun, Hintz, L'Esperance (call up)

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