The best thing you could say about the Texas Stars this week was that the team got progressively better as the week went on. They lost 3-0 to the Toronto Marlies, a 5-4 shootout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters and then finally got back in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Houston Aeros.
Goaltending is still the big issue with this team as both Jack Campbell and Cris Nilstorp are letting really simple saves get past them. Campbell saved 22 of 26 in his only start last week while Nilstorp stopped 40 of 45. Both of the netminders need to up their game if the Stars hope to go on any type of extended winning streak.
The defensemen actually played well last week. Big Jamie Oleksiak probably had his best week so far as a pro as he looked a more fluid on the ice. He was making a bigger impact on the game and that's definitely a welcome sight. Other defensemen that impressed: Cam Barker (no really, he was quite good) and Brendon Dillon. Jordie Benn suffered an injury during the Aeros game and he'll be out for a while. Patrick Nemeth will have to pick up the slack while Benn is out.
The standout forward for the week was Tomas Vincour. He scored two goals and had one assist, but he was all over the ice and had a ton of energy out there. He's working really well with Cody Eakin. Another positive from last week; the Stars scored three power play goals which equaled their total for the entire season.
Nov. 15 - San Antonio Rampage @ Texas Stars
Nov. 17 - Charlotte Checkers @ Texas Stars
The Overseas Pros
All European leagues had last week off so no games were played. By anyone. At all.
Jamie Benn - Hamburg Freezers
The younger Benn has been on a tear in the DEL so hopefully the week off didn't take away his momentum.
Nov. 16 - Straubing Tigers @ Hamburg Freezers
Nov. 18 - Hamburg Freezers @ Adler Mannheim
Jaromir Jagr - HC Kladno
Jagr has also been just as hot as Benn lately so hopefully his good play continues coming off the bye week.
Nov. 12 - Kladno vs Trinec
Nov. 14 - Kladno vs Ceske Budejovice
Nov. 18 - Kladno vs Zlin
Stephane Robidas - HIFK Helsinki
Nov. 15 - Helsinki vs Jokerit
Nov. 17 - Helinki vs TPS Turku
Tom Wandell - Severstal Cherepovets
Nov. 16 - Severstal vs UHC Dynamo
Nov. 18 - Severstal vs SKA St. Petersburg
Philip Larsen - Rauman Lukko
Nov. 13 - Raumann Lukko vs Hameenlinna
Nov. 16 - Raumann Lukko vs Pelicans Lahti