While the parent club in the NHL, the Dallas Stars are having success early into their season. For today, the American Hockey League that resides in Texas is in the spotlight. Much like Dallas, the Texas Stars are having themselves a good season too. From Dobby to winning games we will break down American Hockey Hockey (AHL) play in Austin.
Over this weekend vs the Chicago Wolves, the Stars swept the weekend series. Bringing their winning streak to four games. Which included a sweep of the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Dobby doing work
For Anton Khudobin, his time with the Texas Stars has reinvigorated the veteran goaltender. Not only is he 8-3-2 on the season with Texas he’s having fun, and smiling again. He might be trying to work his way back up in Dallas, but in the meantime Dobby. He spoke about feeling good after the Stars’ road sweep of the Chicago Wolves.
“I’m feeling good,” he says. “The last three to four games, I’m feeling like myself again. For the first time in a long time.”
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Riley Barber lighting it up
Continuing to lead the team in goals, and points Barber is the top offensive performer for Texas early in the season. Over this weekend vs the Wolves, Barber continued his scoring ways. Leading the Stars en route to two out of two wins with goals like this.
As once famously sung by The Who; meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. From playing in the Stars’ organization from the 2013 season to 2018 (the year he was named captain), Curtis McKenzie would go on to play for other teams in the AHL. On August 6th 2021, McKenzie was welcomed back with a two year contract with Texas. Has since earned the C on his jersey.
Sitting in a playoff spot
While Texas is just 24 games into the season, they are currently in the top five of the central division. Which would good enough to secure a postseason berth come April. As complicated as the AHL’s playoff format is, here is a quick breakdown of the leagues qualifying scenario.
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