A revamped Texas team had a rather pedestrian week, going 1-2-0 in a three games in three nights set over the weekend. The losses proved to be inconsequential this past week though as the Stars officially clinched a playoff spot and are still holding strong as the number one seed in the Western Conference.
The Stars had a bunch of new, or returning, faces on the team this past week as a result of the trade deadline. Kevin Connauton had his debut with the team and registered a couple of assists on Sunday. Brett Ritchie also had goal and an assist during the week.
It was mostly a quiet week on the offensive end though, with Mike Hedden leading the way with four points. Reilly Smith, Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour had three apiece.
Jack Campbell had two of the three starts, going 1-1-0, and stopped 46 of 50 shots. His starts might be cut back a bit during these final two weeks to get him some rest before the playoffs. He’s been the main man since February, and there’s no reason why that should change.
Cris Nilstorp made his return to the lineup with a start on Saturday that ended up being a 2-1 loss. He stopped 20 of 22 shots in his first game with Texas since March 13.
There’s only six games left in the regular season for Texas, and a four game road trip is on the horizon this week.
Apr. 11 – Texas Stars @ Charlotte Checkers
Apr. 12 – Texas Stars @ Charlotte Checkers (again)
Apr. 14 – Texas Stars @ San Antonio Rampage
Brett Ritchie - Niagara IceDogs, now Texas Stars
Ritchie is now with the Texas Stars after his IceDogs were bounced in the playoffs. He had a nice debut with the team as he scored a goal and later had an assist during the week.
It’s a great start to his pro career and hopefully a sign of things to come when he reaches the NHL. He’ll be with Texas throughout the playoffs now.
Season totals: 53 games, 41 goals, 35 assists, 40 PIM, +35 rating (With Niagara)
3 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 0 PIM, +2 rating (With Texas)
Playoff totals: 4 games, 1 goals, 3 assist, 9 PIM, -1 ratingno comments