Game #43 Preview: Tucson at Texas
By: Alexander Kinkopf
February 09, 2018 9:47 AM
Game #43 – Tucson (25-14-2-1) at Texas (25-17-4-2)
6:30 PM MST, H-E-B Center, Cedar Park, Texas
Referees: #41 Cameron Voss, #10 Terry Koharski
Linesmen: #86 Lucas Bisbee, #12 Carl Sasyn
TWO IN TEXAS: Tonight marks the first of four meetings with the Stars this season, and the first of two visits to Texas’ H-E-B Center. The Roadrunners are playing the fourth of a six-game road trip; they’re coming off of a 4-3 win over the San Jose Barracuda on Monday night. The Stars are playing the second of a three-game home stand; they’re coming off of a 5-1 win over the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday.
HOT AT H-E-B: Texas’ H-E-B Center will be the ninth road building the Roadrunners are to play in this season. The Stars are 14-7-1-1 as hosts this year, a home record that calculates in at a .652 win percentage – the third best in the Western Conference. The Roadrunners have never won a game in Cedar Park, going 0-2-1-0 in three visits to the Stars’ home building last season.
GREAT EIGHT: Conor Garland, who surpassed his point-total from the 2016-17 season Saturday night in San Diego, enters the night with points in each of his last three games – accumulating four (1G, 3A) during that span. In 37 games, Garland has registered a total of 16 points (4G, 12A). He finished last season with 14 (5G, 9A) in 55 games played.
HEY, ROOKIES: There is a chance that Hunter Miska and Texas’ Landon Bow, arguably the AHL’s top two rookie goaltenders, will go head to head this weekend. Bow’s 15 wins leads all rookie goaltenders; he hasn’t started a game since January 26 due to a recall to the Dallas Stars. Miska enters the weekend with 14 wins and has won seven of his last eight decisions.
PROJECTED LINEUP: The team held a morning skate at the H-E-B Center ahead of tonight’s game. Per club policy, specifics regarding the team’s lineup will not be published until 4:30 PM this evening.
LAWSON CROUSE (67) - LAURENT DAUPHIN (15) - LANE PEDERSON (18)
MIKE SISLO (9) - DYLAN STROME (91) - CONOR GARLAND (8)
MICHAEL BUNTING (27) - RYAN MACINNIS (72) - ARTUR TYANULIN (13)
RYAN KUJAWINSKI (17) - TYLER GAUDET (10) - DANIEL MAGGIO (47)
DAKOTA MERMIS (43) - ANDREW CAMPBELL (2)
KYLE CAPOBIANCO (23) - JOHN RAMAGE (55)
JOEL HANLEY (44) - DYSIN MAYO (37)
HUNTER MISKA (35)
ADIN HILL (33)
BAD MAN BUNTING: Upon scoring his second goal of the game in Monday night’s 4-3 victory over San Jose, Michael Bunting set a new single-season high in goals (14) and points (29). Bunting, who has three goals in his past three games, also scored three goals in six games played against the Stars last season.
HANLEY’S BACK: Joel Hanley is eligible to return to the Roadrunners lineup tonight after serving his three-game suspension, a consequence for a slashing incident on October 27 against the Chicago Wolves. Hanley has registered nine assists in 28 games played with the Roadrunners this season.
THE LAST TIME AROUND: In six meetings with the Stars last season, the Roadrunners posted a 2-2-2-0 record. The Roadrunners earned points in all three of the games played at Tucson Arena, going 2-0-1-0, but struggled at Texas’ H-E-B Center, where they went 0-2-1-0. In the teams' previous match-up on March 22, 2017, a 4-3 overtime loss, Laurent Dauphin forced the game past regulation in scoring with 1:31 left to play.
25 AND UP: The Roadrunners earned their 25th win of the season Monday night in San Jose, downing the Barracuda by a 4-3 score at SAP Center. It took the Roadrunners 59 games to register 26 wins during the 2016-17 campaign, a number they didn’t hit until March 26th. With a victory tonight, the team will be 46 calendar days and 16 games ahead of the inaugural season’s win pace.
WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: You can catch tonight’s action on AHL Live. Roadrunners play-by-play broadcaster Tom Callahan will have the radio call on AM 1450 Fox Sports Tucson. Radio coverage begins at 6:15 PM.