|(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Texas continues to amass points but has had no luck gaining ground in the standings thus far. With Manitoba and Tucson on the schedule this weekend, their eight game point streak (7-0-1) is going to be challenged, especially by the Roadrunners, who are second in the league coming into the weekend.
Tucson (19-5) will play San Antonio on Friday night and have been on a winning tear, losing just twice since the start of November. Pending the results of Friday's game, they will be no worse than 8-2 in their last ten and possibly 9-1, if they can get two points in the Alamo City.
As you would expect for a team having such success, they score a ton (3.75/gm), second in the league behind Stockton. Even without starting night goalie Antti Raanta on the roster, their goals against has stayed low, fourth best at 2.54/gm. It's trite to say it, but the Stars have to keep the quality chances down and do the defensive work that they've had trouble doing so far this season. Their goals against (3.62/gm) is the second-worst in the league, and this feels like a moment where a vicious offense will rip into them. Texas has to stand firm against it.
However, the Stars can't look past the Moose. Hungry for revenge after a bad showing on Wednesday, Manitoba stayed in town to face Texas tonight. It's an open question right now if Manitoba coach Pascal Vincent gives Mikhail Berdin another bite an the apple against Texas. He went to Griffen Outhouse in the third, perhaps to reserve Berdin for the weekend. Based on past performance, they'll split the weekend.
Injuries and callups
Kero (lower body)