Anders Lindback will start his third straight game for the Texas Stars when they play the Oklahoma City Barons this evening.
Lindback was sent down to Texas after clearing waivers last Thursday. He then stopped 23 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Adirondack Flames and 36 of 37 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
It isn’t clear if there is a set plan for the goaltenders going forward, but Stars coach Derek Laxdal did indicate that Jack Campbell is fighting illness.
“That’s between us and Dallas, but we’re going to play the guy that’s going,” Laxdal said. “We’ve had a lot of sickness in our group the last two weeks. And right now Jack hasn’t been feeling very well. So (Lindback) has got the starts.”
Lindback will face a Barons team that has been rolling and won nine straight games. Oklahoma City has taken the lead in the Western Division with 32 points, sparked by one of the league’s most prolific offenses.
“You look at our six games against them this year and we’re 2-1-3, so we’ve given up points against them,” Laxdal said. “We felt we deserved a better fate the last two games at home … we’ve got to play a real disciplined game here tonight.”
Texas did shuffle the lines a bit in morning skate. Greg Rallo skated on the top line with Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford, while Derek Hulak joined the “Czeching line” with Radek Faksa and Matej Stransky.
Kevin Henderson skated for about 15 minutes in a red no-contact jersey and wore a medical glove underneath his hockey glove. Henderson had an infection that is still healing and he is still likely out for at least a week.
Defensively Connor Hardowa is a scratch after he got “nicked up a bit” by a knee against Adirondack on Saturday. Taylor Peters appears to be the lone healthy scratch.
Tonight’s projected lineup:
Greg Rallo-Travis Morin-Brendan Ranford
Brett Ritchie-Justin Dowling-Scott Glennie
Derek Hulak-Radek Faksa-Matej Stransky
Branden Troock-Jesse Root-Gemel Smith
Cameron Gaunce-Maxime Fortunus
Derek Meech-Julius Honka
William Wrenn-Scott Valentine