Dallas' Richard Bachman has started what you might call his conditioning assignment in the American League by backstopping the Texas Stars to a 6-3 win and a share of the best record in the league, tied with the Charlotte Checkers at 55 points.
Bachman stopped 29 of 32 shots over all (.906), though got off to a rough start. Texas was behind 3-0 two minutes into the second period before unleashing six unanswered tallies, including three on the power play and one empty netter. Alex Chiasson, Tomas Vincour, Antoine Roussel and Matt Fraser all scored in the win.
With Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Cristopher Nilstorp and Colton Sceviour ALL up with Dallas right now coach Desjardins has just kept his team rolling along. Jamie Oleksiak added two assists, making it 23 points from the blue line in 41 games this season.
Watching Bachman's progression this year will be interesting if Nilstorp performs as well as he did last night in his debut. Will an obvious leader emerge or will the Stars find themselves with more assets in net than they have spots at the NHL level?
As always you can read up on the Texas Stars in detail at Hundred Degree Hockey. See Stephen's full game recap here.
Practice in Detroit
Mike Heika reports today from snowy Detroit that the Dallas Stars had a light optional practice, with many preferring to get rest and "medical treatment" in the middle of three games in four nights. Nilstorp and Lehtonen both practiced and Kari should be back in net Tuesday.
Aaron Rome practiced once again and could make his Stars debut tomorrow night, one would think along side Trevor Daley, but that is still up in the air. Jordie Benn had a pretty good game in Minnesota, all things considered. Gulutzan may want to roll with what he has to build some chemistry.
The Stars will spend the night in Detroit, hoping the Red Wings need overtime and a delayed flight to get back from Columbus early Tuesday morning. Though, that may just be me.