After wracking up frequent flier miles Chris Mueller was back to wracking up points for the Texas Stars in a 5-0 win against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday.
Mueller had a goal and two assists in his first game with Texas since March 12. He’s technically been available for AHL games during that time, but has been recalled and sent down by Dallas so frequently he wasn’t at the Cedar Park Center on the day of a game.
“I got a couple a free flights, it’s been good,” Mueller said. “That’s the position I’m in. I’ve been up and down, it’s a lot easier this year being its only three hours. Where as it was nine hours from Nashville to Milwaukee.”
Mueller likened Friday’s victory to like playing on opening night — one game after weeks of practicing.
His fitness will be tested this weekend with three games in three days, but Mueller said he would be ready.
“Little tired, but I need to get back,” Mueller said. “I need to play a lot of games, because you lose it quick. Practice is one thing, but a game is different … this three-in-three will be really good for me.”
Wrenn makes impact
For different reasons, William Wrenn hasn’t played much this season.
Wrenn was a healthy scratch for most of the month of March, but has now played two of the past three games with Stars coach Willie Desjardins rotating defenseman.
“When you don’t play a month or so it’s tough mentally,” Wrenn said. “And then physically to get back, so I’m happy I was in the lineup tonight and to make the most of it.”
Wrenn also scored his second goal of the year on an assist from Mueller. Mueller said he didn’t expect to see the defenseman join him on the 2-on-0, but was happy to help him get the goal.
Texas and Dallas reach playoffs
For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars will both be in the postseason.
Desjardins took some time to reflect on the feat Friday while watching Jamie Benn address the crowd in Dallas on the television.
“It’s great, I know the guys up there and they’ve played so hard,” Desjardins said. “Jim Nill (has) come in an done a great job. It’s good to see there’s some ups and downs during the year, but they’ve won a lot of big games and they’ve played well.”