Heading into Game 2 — and throughout the series — the Texas Stars fourth may have some added importance against a Toronto Marlies team that roles lines in a similar fashion.
“I think they’ve got three lines of good skillful players, which is a lot like we have,” Travis Morin said. “Then they have a fourth line that can contribute too … our game plan and has to been role four lines all year long, and that’s theirs too. So it’s just a good battle.”
That, however, hasn’t put any added pressure on the Radek Faksa, who will center the fourth line between Taylor Peters and Matej Stransky in Game 2.
“I don’t feel any pressure, because we’re always playing the same game,” Faksa said. “We’ve had some guys rotate on the wing, but I’m comfortable with Stransky and we play our game.”
Derek Hulak was on Faksa’s wing the past four games, but will be replaced by Peters — who has a bigger frame (6-foot-2, 212-pounds) and plays a more aggressive style. Likely a move to combat some of the physical play Toronto attacked with in Game 1.
“He’s played all year and he’s been a regular for us, he’s a good skater and he’s got good size,” Stars coach Willie Desjardins said. “He’s a guy who’s willing to step in and he’s hungry.”
While Peters will join the fourth line, the rest of Texas’ lineup looks the same based on the morning skate.