It was another positive week for the Texas Stars as they went 2-0-1-0 in their three games last week. They squeaked out an OT win over the Milwaukee Admirals before falling in overtime (their third straight overtime game) to the Houston Aeros. They closed the week with a resounding 4-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen.
Cristopher Nilstorp started all three games and did quite well, even though he didn't face the high number of shots that he usually does. He stopped 65 of 69 shots and earned first and second star honors in the first two games of the week. He's been a great signing for the Stars.
On the non-goalie front, Reilly Smith had his second multi-point game of the month with two goals in the win over Peoria. He's been in a pretty good groove lately and seems to have finally adjusted to the speed of the pro game. He's been one of the most aggressive players on the team for the past few weeks and it's showing on the scoresheet. He, Colton Sceviour and Matt Fraser have been the best forwards for Texas during this good stretch of games.
Texas gets a weird scheduling quirk this week as they play the Abbotsford Heat on back-to-back nights on the road.
Dec. 14 - Texas Stars @ Abbotsford Heat
Dec. 15 - Texas Stars @ Abbotsford Heat
The Overseas Pros
Note: All European leagues are taking this week off so there will be no games played by anyone anywhere at anytime.
Jamie Benn - Hamburg Freezers
After two weeks without any points, Jamie Benn finally got himself back on the scoresheet. It was a big week offensively for the Freezers and Benn was in the giving mood. He had five assists in three games last week as the Freezers went 2-1-0. He was also earned second star honors so all is well again in Benn-land.
The Freezers don't play again until Dec. 18 so Benn gets a rest this week.
Season totals: 19 games, 7 goals, 13 assists, 30 PIM, +8 rating
Jaromir Jagr - HC Kladno
Kladno had a terrible week as it lost all three games but Jagr once again played well with two goals and two assists for another great week. He's no had eight goals and nine assists in his last 11 games. He may be as old as dirt but he can still play at a high level.
The only problem last week was that his team lost all three games by a combined 14-6 margin. His team sits fifth in the Extraliga table, 10 points behind the leader.
Hopefully he sticks around for one more NHL season with the Stars next year.
Like Benn, Jagr and his team don't play again until Dec. 18 so the old man gets extra rest this week.
Season totals: 24 games, 18 goals, 25 assists, 24 PIM, +15 rating
Loui Eriksson - HC Davos
Loui made his overseas debut on Friday for Davos and got himself a goal and a front row seat to a 8-1 thrashing of Lugano. He's playing on a line with Petr Sykora and Joe Thornton and should be able to tear through the Swiss league once he gets more comfortable there.
Like most of Europe, there are no games in the Swiss league next week so Loui has to wait until Dec. 18 before he gets back on the ice again.
Season totals: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 PIM, +1 rating
Stephane Robidas - HIFK Helsinki
Robidas' contract ran out with Helsinki and the team chose not to bring him back. Thus, the Stephane Robidas overseas experiment is over with.
Final season totals: 15 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 22 PIM, -11 rating
Tom Wandell - Severstal Cherepovets
Three games for Wandell and Severstal last week and he managed to actually get an assist. Any point for Wandell is a big bonus at this point so don't expect too much from him.
Season totals: 21 games, 1 goal, 7 assists, 12 PIM, -3 rating
Philip Larsen - Rauman Lukko
Just one game for Lukko last week and Larsen registered an assist during that game. Larsen had one assist in Lukko's three games last week. Larsen ended November with a solid couple weeks of play with five points in three weeks. He's doing quite well for himself over in Finland.
Season totals: 21 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 22 PIM, +9 ratingno comments