~Short & Sweet~
Last season’s Calder Cup winners have a record of 26-18-13-1 (66 points) which sees them third in the West Division behind the Oklahoma City Barons (78 points) and San Antonio Rampage (74 points). The Stars are currently sitting in eighth place of the Western Conference standings with the Chicago Wolves (65 points), Adirondack Flames (64 points), Toronto Marlies (63 points), and Lake Erie Monsters (62 points) all in shouting distance.
In the Stars last ten games they have a record of 5-2-3-0 (13 points). In their last outing they won a track meet against the Monsters by the final score of 6-4. In that game the Stars allowed 40 shots on goal and had a penalty kill that ended the night 1/3.
Special Teams: PP (overall), ranked seventh with a 19.0% conversion rate… PP (home), ranked fourth with a 22.4% conversion rate… PK (overall), ranked seventh with a 86.0% success rate… PK (home), ranked twenty-fourth with a 81.5% success rate.
Travis Morin has been the main man in Texas forever and a day it seems. That fact remains true in 2014-15. Last season’s AHL MVP currently leads the Stars in scoring with 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists). He has only played 47 games this season which means he is a point per game player. And yet, it feels like off of season. I suppose you could say that about the Stars in general but Morin averaged 1.33 points per game last season.
~Familiar Faces in Different Places~
Henderson joined the Stars last season on a loan that pretty much worked like a trade. The Admirals received Francis Wathier on loan on the flip-side to that. As it happened, Henderson would win out on the deal by being part of the Calder Cup winning Stars team. With him staying over there for this season things haven’t gone as smashing as they did last year. Hendo has had injury woes and has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists), a plus/minus rating of -5, and 21 penalty minutes in 40 games.
Valentine ended last season with the Admirals by undergoing shoulder surgery. He didn’t find a home for the 2014-15 season until joining the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL in mid-October. He was brought up to the Stars and has since stayed up with a stat-line of 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), a plus/minus rating of +2, and 62 penalty minutes in 38 games.
Jack Campbell, of World Juniors hockey fame, is currently in Stars camp. It hasn’t been a good year for the 23-year old. In the AHL this season he has a record of 3-11-5-0, a 3.47 goals against average, and a 0.888 save percentage. He’s been put through the ECHL cycle to get a run of games and has performed much better during his time with the Steelheads: 5-2-0-0 record, 1.73 goals against average, 0.945 save percentage, and a shutout.
Expectations for this weekend’s games against the Stars? What needs to be done from the Admirals to buck this three-game winless streak? At this point, does it matter to you whether or not Marek Mazanec or Magnus Hellberg start in net or are they churning out similar performances?