Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Tucson Roadrunners

Texas Stars
25-20-3-2, 55 pts
#4 Central Division
v.Tucson Roadrunners
24-16-4-2, 54 pts
#4 Pacific Division
February 16th at 7:00 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX
(Credit: Texas Stars)
Texas was no worse for wear last night after the afternoon recall of Joel L'Esperance. Huge credit goes to Phil Desrosiers, obviously, with the shutout effort. Big ups also to Robbie Payne and Brad McClure, who each had their first goal and point, respectively, in the AHL. When the chips are down, Texas is looking to its extended depth to bring scoring.

The Stars had players stepping up all over the lineup, including veteran Travis Morin playing center for the first time in a few years. "I thought [Morin] showed a lot of leadership stepping up and playing a solid role in the middle," said Coach Laxdal last night. "Everybody stepped up in their role tonight and responded, so we have to bring the same game-plan [Saturday] night."

For tonight's game, it shouldn't surprise anyone to see Phil Desrosiers come down the tunnel first again. "I work so hard for this, so it’s pretty easy to play every night," he said. "That’s what I like, so it’s easier to get in and be in every game." The fourth-year goalie has now started four straight and won his last two with two goals against on 59 shots total.

Two wins this week have vaulted Texas to 4th in the division. They can't catch third with a win tonight, but they need the points to hold on with 4th through 8th place spanning just 3 points total.

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