Dallas Stars: Matt Fraser

Prospect update: Matt Fraser

May, 29, 2012
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The last in a series on top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at forward Matt Fraser, who led the Texas Stars in goal scoring this past season.

Fraser, in his first full professional season, notched 37 goals and 18 assists in 73 games with Texas. He ranked second among all AHL players in goal scoring and finished sixth among rookies in points. His 11 power play goals were third among rookies.

The 22-year-old smiles when asked if he expected to score so much in his first pro season, an indication he’s been asked that question often.

“I didn’t have any goals coming into the season. I wanted to be an impact player and every time someone has asked me that all I’ve said is I wanted to be an impact player every way I could,” Fraser said. “I wanted to contribute any time I was on the ice, and I was happy with the goals. That’s just a small part of the game.”

And Texas management said there was more to the 6-2, 207 pound left wing’s game than just scoring goals.

“Matt has been a really good pro. He’s had an awesome rookie season,” said Scott White, Texas Stars GM and Dallas Stars Director of Minor League Operations. “I think he’s learned about the pace of the game, I think he’s learned about the defensive detail of the game that’s going to make him a legitimate two-way player in the NHL. And I haven’t even got to the 37 goals that he’s scored. He has an NHL shot. He’s well on his way.”

Fraser was never drafted. Dallas signed him out of the Western Hockey League as a free agent in the fall of 2010. He played one NHL game this past season, registering no points in a January 24 tilt against Anaheim.

He might have gotten another call up later in the season, but he was playing injured the last part of the season with Texas.

Fraser’s a good skater and a player who has a knack for getting to those scoring areas. Add in his NHL-caliber shot and he’s been an effective goal scorer at every level he’s played. With Dallas looking for goal scoring, he should get a good look at training camp this fall.

“He really embraced the opportunity to play in the American League. He had close to 40 goals and he finished the last couple months with an injury. Matt is in a good place and he is making good strides,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “I suspect he’ll have a good summer and come in and make it interesting at training camp. Whether he makes the big team, he is definitely close. We’ll just have to see where he falls in that group."


Matt Fraser impressive in first AHL season

April, 17, 2012
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CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Matt Fraser smiles when asked if he expected to put up such big goal scoring numbers in his first professional season. It appears the Texas Stars forward has been asked that question before, a lot.

“I didn’t have any goals coming into the season,” Fraser said. “I wanted to be an impact player and every time someone has asked me that all I’ve said is I wanted to be an impact player every way I could. I wanted to contribute any time I was on the ice, and I was happy with the goals. That’s just a small part of the game.”

Perhaps a small part of the game, but it’s hard not to notice when looking at Fraser’s first full season in the American Hockey League. His 37 goals in 73 games ranked second in the league. His 55 points tied for sixth among AHL rookies. The 6-2, 207 pound wing was third among rookies with 11 power play goals.

And the impressive thing is that his offensive production was pretty consistent right to the end of the season, even though he had some injury issues.

“What people don’t know is that he isn’t 100 percent. He’s been that way probably the last two months,” Texas GM Scott White said as his team prepared to play its final games this past weekend. “Credit him for working through all that. He’s been solid, really solid.”

Not that there wasn’t an adjustment period for the 21-year-old Fraser, who was never drafted but signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent out of the Western Hockey League in the fall of 2010.

“It was definitely a learning curve. As a first year pro you just try to be a sponge and soak up as much as you can,” Fraser said. “I really didn’t know what to expect coming in, but I wanted to learn a lot and learn the ropes as a professional hockey player.”

Off the ice, it was learning to be out on his own and taking care of mundane things like laundry and paying the bills. On the ice, it was adjusting to a higher level of play and competition, and becoming better on the defensive side of things.

“In junior you can kind of get away with some bad habits (defensively), but when you get up here there are guys who are paid to expose those bad habits,” he said. “At the start of the year that was probably the biggest thing I had trouble with, but as the year went on the players and the coaches really helped me strengthen that part of my game and be better at it.”

Fraser also had to get used to losing this season, something he hasn’t been accustomed to much in his career. He made it to the playoffs in each of his four years with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, and last season the Ice won the WHL championship and went to the Memorial Cup.

“It was a difficult season as a team,” he said. “You see two different perspectives of hockey. You take the positives from this year and you bring them into next year.”

And White, the Texas GM, saw a lot of positives from Fraser.

“Matt has been a really good pro. He’s had an awesome rookie season,” White said. “I think he’s learned about the pace of the game, I think he’s learned about the defensive detail of the game that’s going to make him a legitimate two-way player in the NHL. And I haven’t even got to the 37 goals that he’s scored. He has an NHL shot. He’s well on his way.”

Fraser got a brief taste of the NHL this past season, playing in a game against Anaheim just before the NHL All-Star break and logging just 3:57 of ice time. He had a strong training camp and scored two goals in three preseason games for Dallas.

The Alberta native has a knack for scoring goals. He topped the 30-goal mark in each of his last two seasons in juniors. And with Dallas looking for scoring depth he knows there’s an opportunity for him to push for a roster spot or at least significant time in the NHL next season.

“I hope so. My goal is to play in the NHL. I can make a decision hard for them,” Fraser said. “I am going to do everything I can in the offseason and now to make myself a better player, get stronger and faster. Coming into camp next year I certainly want to give them a hard decision. I loved my time in Austin, but my goal is to make the NHL.”

Notes on Texas Stars and prospects

April, 10, 2012
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The Dallas Stars are done for the season, but players in the system are still going at it. The Texas Stars close out the season this week. Texas has four games remaining on its schedule, including two at home. Texas will miss the playoffs for the first time in its three seasons of existence.

There are some things worth watching with Texas. Left wing Matt Fraser, a free agent signing last season, is battling for the AHL goal scoring crown. The 21-year-old currently leads the league with 36 goals in 69 games.

Jack Campbell (1st round/2010) should get some more starts. So far, he is 3-4-0 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Forwards Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and Austin Smith (5th round/2007) continue to get their first taste of pro experience. Smith has three assists in eight games and Chiasson has picked up one assist in five games.

The Stars’ ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads, advanced to the second round of the playoffs, defeating Ontario 5-0 in the fifth and deciding game of their first round series. The Steelheads play Las Vegas in round two.

Junior hockey

In the junior ranks, three Dallas prospects are still playing. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (1st round/2011) and right wing Brett Ritchie (2nd round/2011) both play for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs, who lead their round two series against Brampton 2-0. Ritchie has one goal and three assists in eight playoff games. Oleksiak has no points and a plus-one rating in eight games.

Defenseman Alex Theriau (4th round/2010) is still active in the WHL playoffs. Theriau’s Medicine Hat team is trailing Moose Jaw 2-0 in the second round. Theriau has two assists in six games.

Europe

Defenseman John Klingberg (5th round/2010) and center Emil Molin (4th round/2011) are playing in the Swedish Elite League championship, which gets underway today. Klingberg has four assists in ten playoff games for Skelleftea and Molin has one assist in four playoff games for Brynas. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, whose AIK team was knocked out in the semifinals by Skelleftea, ended up with one assist in 11 games.

Texas Stars Report

April, 2, 2012
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The past week: Texas eliminated from playoff contention

The Texas Stars, who went 2-2-0-0, over the past week, were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Texas, which is 30-36-2-2 on the season and 15th in the Western Conference, has six games remaining this season.

Texas opened the week with a with a 4-3 shootout win at Lake Erie on Tuesday. Jack Campbell made 36 saves, including eight in overtime for the Stars. He also stopped five of seven in the shootout. Travis Morin and Francis Wathier were among the goal scorers in regulation and Colton Sceviour and Austin Smith were among the scorers in the shootout.

On Thursday, the Stars lost 4-2 to Hamilton at Cedar Park Center. Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots and Morin and Luke Gazdic scored goals. Right wing Alex Chiasson, Dallas’ 2nd round pick from 2009, made his professional debut in the game. He had no points and three shots. Austin Smith, a 5th round pick by Dallas in 2007, picked up his first professional assist.

On Saturday, Campbell posted his first pro shutout, stopping 30 shots in a 4-0 win over Lake Erie in Cedar Park.

“It’s pretty cool, but I don’t play to get shutouts. I play to get wins and to help this team win,” Campbell told reporters after the game. “The guys played great in front of me and I did whatever I could to help.”

Matt Fraser scored two goals pushing his season total to 33, and Gazdic chipped in one goal and one assist.

Texas lost 8-4 to Lake Erie at Cedar Park Center on Sunday. The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoff race. Campbell got the start and gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period. Tyler Beskorowany played the rest of the game, surrendering four goals on 16 shots. Colton Sceviour scored a pair of goals for Texas and Morin scored as well.

The week ahead

Wednesday April 4, at Grand Rapids
Thursday April 5, at Peoria

Transactions

4/2: D Jordie Benn assigned to Texas (AHL) from Dallas (NHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads open the ECHL Playoffs this week, taking on the Ontario Reign in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. It’s a best-of-five series.




Alex Chiasson headed to Texas Stars

Another top prospect of the Dallas Stars is headed to the Texas Stars. Dallas announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with right wing Alex Chiasson and that he will spend the rest of the season with Texas.

Chiasson, Dallas’ second-round pick (38th overall) in 2009, has spent the past three seasons at Boston University. This season, as a junior, the 6-foot-3, 202 pound Chiasson led the team in scoring with 46 points (15 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games.

The 21-year-old Quebec native was a 2012 Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star.

The past week: Jack Campbell stellar in pro debut

The Texas Stars went 1-1-0-0 behind goaltender Jack Campbell, who made his professional debut over the weekend.

Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-1 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night in his first professional game.

On Sunday, Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots as Texas won 4-2 at Toronto. Matt Fraser and Francis Wathier were among the goal scorers for Texas.

Forward Austin Smith, Dallas’ fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, also made his pro debut with Texas over the weekend. In two games he had no points and six shots on goal.

Texas is 28-34-2-2 on the season. They are 15 points out of the final playoff spot with ten games remaining in the regular season.

The week ahead

Tuesday March 27, at Lake Erie
Thursday March 29, vs. Hamilton
Saturday March 31, vs. Lake Erie
Sunday April 1, vs. Lake Erie

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 2-1-0-0 over the past week and have now clinched a spot in the ECHL playoffs. The Steelheads are 29-31-2-7 and rank seventh in the ECHL’s Western Conference.



Texas Stars Report

March, 21, 2012
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Jack Campbell, Austin Smith join Texas Stars

The Texas Stars got a couple of Dallas’ top prospects for the remainder of the regular season, and more could be on the way.

Goalie Jack Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, wrapped up his junior career and was assigned to Texas by the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Forward Austin Smith, Dallas’ fifth round pick (128th overall) in 2007, wrapped up his collegiate career at Colgate over the weekend. Smith, college hockey’s leading goal scorer this season, signed an amateur tryout contract with Texas.

Both Smith and Campbell are with the team now and are expected to see action with Texas soon.

“We expect two more blue chip guys coming in potentially after the weekend, depending on how their teams do this weekend,” Texas Stars GM Scott White told ESPN 104.9 in Austin on Wednesday.

White didn’t mention those two players by name, but he could be talking about forwards RW Alex Chiasson (2nd round/2009) and RW Reilly Smith (3rd round/2009). Both players are involved in the NCAA tournament this weekend.

The past week

The Texas went 0-3-0-0 over the past week. Texas is 27-33-2-2 on the season and is 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference, 13 points out of the final playoff spot.

Texas lost 4-3 to Oklahoma City Friday at Cedar Park Center. The Stars blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads in the game. Matt Fraser and Brenden Dillon were among the goal scorers for Texas. Tyler Beskorowany made 32 saves.

After the game, Texas coach Jeff Pyle was blunt about where his team stood.

“We don’t deserve the playoffs, we really, truly don’t,” Pyle said. “We came out in the first and got a 2-0 lead by being patient. In the second period it was still 2-0 and (Travis) Morin turns that puck over. That can’t happen. That’s embarrassing. A leader like that, with a 2-0 lead, you’ve got to take care of the puck and show leadership, and we get none of that. Then we retaliate on a penalty and give them a power play – bad call or not it doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t be there. So, we let them back in the game. Then 3-3 and we deflect a puck blind through the middle of the ice.

“We don’t deserve the playoffs. We don’t do things that are conducive to playoff hockey. We’re not committed to playing playoff hockey. We’re not there. There’s a reason we’re in the situation were in.”

On Saturday, Texas lost 4-3 again to Oklahoma City at Cedar Park Center. The Stars were down 3- 1after the first period and could never catch up. Colton Sceviour and Francis Wathier scored for Texas. Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves.

The Stars dropped their fifth straight game, falling 5-2 to Abbotsford on Monday. Sceviour scored both goals for Texas. Beskorowany made 26 saves. Texas ended it is seven-game homestand with a 2-5-0-0 record.

The week ahead

Friday March 23, at Oklahoma City
Sunday March 25, at Toronto

Transactions

3/20: Texas signed F Austin Smith to amateur tryout contract
3/19: G Jack Campbell assigned to Texas (AHL) from Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
3/19: Texas signed C Taylor Vause to amateur tryout contract
3/17: D Matt Case released from professional tryout contract

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 1-1-0-1 over the past week. Idaho is 27-30-2-7 and ranks 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.




Dallas Stars forward prospect Austin Smith (5th round/2007) wrapped up his college career today as Colgate lost 3-0 to Cornell in the ECAC consolation game.

Smith, the Dallas native who scored 36 goals in 39 games and is among 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player, will begin his pro career next season. There’s a chance Smith could play with the Texas Stars of the AHL the final part of this season to get a head start on his pro career.

Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell (1st round/ 2011) could be joining the Texas Stars soon as well. His junior team – Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League – won’t be going to the playoffs and the OHL regular season wraps up this weekend. There’s a good chance Campbell, who will turn pro next season, will head to Cedar Park soon to get an early start on his pro career.

THN ranks the Stars prospects

The Hockey News is out with its Future Watch 2012, which ranks the prospects for the 30 NHL teams.

Goaltender Jack Campbell was ranked 41st among all NHL prospects and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak ranked 59th.

Here’s how THN sees the top 10 prospects for the Dallas Stars.


Texas Stars Report

March, 14, 2012
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Matt Fraser sets franchise mark for goals in season

Texas Stars forward Matt Fraser has set the franchise mark for most goals in a season. When Fraser scored shorthanded against San Antonio on Saturday, it was his 28th of the season. That eclipsed the club record of 27 set by Aaron Gagnon in the 2009-10 season.

Fraser, who is on a three-game goal scoring streak and has eight goals in the last 14 games, now has 29 goals in 58 games this season.

The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-2-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 27-30-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 12 points out of the final playoff spot with 15 games left in the regular season.

Texas beat Grand Rapids 5-4 in overtime last Wednesday at Cedar Park Center. Francis Wathier, Travis and Luke Gazdic were among the goal scorers. Brenden Dillon had two assists. Tyler Beskorowany made 31 saves.

The Stars beat San Antonio 4-3 in overtime at CPC on Friday. Colton Sceviour scored the OT winner. Matt Fraser scored the game-tying goal with 7:08 left in regulation. Andrew Raycroft had 25 saves.

Texas lost to San Antonio 4-3 in Cedar Park on Saturday. Fraser, Wathier and Angelo Esposito scored for Texas. Raycroft started the game but left after the first period due to injury. He allowed two goals on nine shots. Beskorowany finished the game and stopped 11 of 13 shots.

The Stars lost 5-2 to Grand Rapids on Tuesday. Fraser and Dillon scored goals. Beskorowany had 22 saves on 27 shots.

The week ahead

March 16, vs. Oklahoma City
March 17, vs. Oklahoma City
March 19, vs. Abbotsford

Transactions

3/13: D Nick Layton assigned to Texas (AHL) from Allen (CHL)

3/12: D Jordie Benn recalled to Dallas (NHL) from Texas (AHL)

3/7: RW Jake Hauswirth assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 3-0-0-1 over the past week. The Steelheads are 26-29-2-6 on the season and are in 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.



Texas Stars Report: Roster decisions

March, 6, 2012
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Texas announces Clear Day Roster

The Texas Stars announced their Clear Day Roster Tuesday. The 22 players on the roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless an emergency arises due to recall, injury or suspension. Teams can also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

Forward Ryan Garbutt is not on Texas’ Clear Day Roster, an indication that he is staying in Dallas for the remainder of the season. Tomas Vincour is on the Texas roster, which means he is eligible to be assigned back to the AHL.

Here is the Texas Clear Day Roster:

Goaltenders: Tyler Beskorowany, Andrew Raycroft

Defensemen: Jordie Benn, Jace Coyle, Brenden Dillon, Maxime Fortunus, Brad Lukowich, Drew Schiestel, Dan Spang

Forwards: Angelo Esposito, Michael Forney, Matt Fraser, Luke Gazdic, Scott Glennie, Eric Godard, Mike Hedden, Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour, Mathieu Tousignant, Tomas Vincour (recalled), Francis Wathier, Shawn Weller

Texas also has four players in residence: Scott Campbell, Matt Case, Jake Hauswirth, Hubert Labrie . Those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season or the playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

Sawada sent to St. John’s

The Dallas Stars assigned right wing Ray Sawada to St. Johns of the AHL on Friday. Sawada, Dallas’s 2nd round pick (52nd overall) in 2004, played only 26 games with Texas this season due to injuries.

The past week

Texas went 1-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are 25-28-2-2 on the season and rank 15th in the AHL’s Western Conference. They are currently 11 points out of a playoff spot.

Texas’ road losing streak hit eight games with a 2-1 loss at Abbotsford Friday night. Angelo Esposito scored the lone goal for Texas and Andrew Raycroft stopped 27 of 29 shots.

On Sunday, Texas snapped the road losing streak with a 4-1 victory at Abbotsford. Luke Gazdic scored two goals and Francis Wathier and Colton Sceviour also scored. Tyler Beskorowany stopped 30 shots to get the win in goal.

Texas now returns home for a seven-game homestand.

The week ahead

March 7, vs. Grand Rapids
March 9, vs. San Antonio
March 10, vs. San Antonio

Transactions

3/6: D Cameron Brodie released from PTO.

3/6: Buffalo assigned D Drew Schiestel from Rochester (AHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/6: F Nick Layton assigned to Allen (CHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Dallas assigned RW Ray Sawada to St. John’s (AHL) from Texas (AHL).

3/2: Winnipeg assigned LW Michael Forney from Colorado (ECHL) to Texas (AHL).

3/2: Texas acquired LW Shawn Well from St. John’s (AHL) for future considerations.

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-2-0-0 over the past week and their winless streak hit 10 games (0-8-0-2). The Steelheads are 23-29-2-5 on the season and rank 7th in the ECHL’s Western Conference.




Stars assign Matt Fraser to AHL

February, 24, 2012
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The Dallas Stars have assigned left wing Matt Fraser to the Texas Stars of the AHL. Here's the release:
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has assigned forward Matt Fraser to the Texas Stars, Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Fraser was recalled on Feb. 22 and was a healthy scratch in last night’s game against Chicago.

Fraser, 21, appeared in his first career NHL game earlier this season against Anaheim on Jan. 24. In 50 games for Texas this season, Fraser ranks second on the team in scoring with 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists). He leads the club with 26 goals and ranks fourth overall in goal scoring in the AHL. The 6-2, 207-pound forward was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Dallas on Nov. 17, 2010.

Thursday update: Stars hoping to go on run

February, 23, 2012
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Every game is big at this point of the season and the importance of Thursday's game isn’t lost on the Dallas Stars. A win will help them move them within to at least one point of eighth place and, if Calgary loses to Phoenix, the Stars would move into the top eight in the West.

“We look every single day to see what the Western Conference standings look like. We want to be a playoff team obviously and continue to build from there,” said Stars forward Steve Ott. “You look at even third place isn’t too far away. I know it’s stretching and not being completely realistic at this time, but it’s becoming a lot closer every single day. Hopefully we can find a way to continue to get points.”

Third place in the West is a stretch, but not totally out of reach. The Stars are five points behind San Jose, but the Sharks do have a couple games in hand.

But right now just getting into the playoff picture is the goal, and to do that and solidify a spot the Stars are going to have to do something they really haven’t done since the beginning of the season – put together a good run.

“If we can find a way to put three, four or above (wins) together that’s going to continue to a put pressure on a lot of other teams,” Ott said. “You’ve seen streaks already. Phoenix had a great streak they just put together and that’s why they are where they are right now. We need to find one. We need to find a way to string a few together and collect those valuable points at this crunch time of the season.”

Lineup notes

Sheldon Souray will be back after missing seven games with a foot injury and will be paired with Philip Larsen to start the game, according to Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. Adam Pardy will be the healthy scratch.

“The last three games he’s played real well,” Gulutzan said of Pardy. “It’s real good to have that depth on D, and we’ve got competition again. I think Pards have proved his worth coming back in here a little bit and got himself back on the map to play. Now we’ve got some competition for jobs.”

Adam Burish, who missed the last game due to illness, will be back in the lineup. He will play on the fourth line with Ryan Garbutt and Toby Petersen. Garbutt will play center, which is his natural position.

Matt Fraser, called up from the Texas Stars due to Jake Dowell breaking a finger, will be a healthy scratch.

Jamie Benn (leg) and Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) are still out.

Richard Bachman is in goal tonight.

Here’s the Stars’ projected lineup.

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Wandell-Vincour
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Petersen-Garbutt-Burish

Goligoski-Robidas
Fistric-Daley
Souray-Larsen

Bachman

Stars-Blackhawks Preview

February, 22, 2012
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Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
Thursday February 23
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (30-26-4) won 3-0 at Montreal Tuesday behind Kari Lehtonen’s 31-save shutout. Ryan Garbutt scored his first NHL goal and Mike Ribeiro scored a goal in his first regular season game in Montreal since being traded from the Canadiens to Dallas in 2006.

The Stars are two points out of a playoff spot and if they win Thursday, and Calgary loses to Phoenix, the Stars would move into eighth place in the Western Conference.

“What we have to do to be successful is copy what we did in (Tuesday) night’s win,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We have to play as a team; we have to keep things short and hard. That’s what we’ll focus on (Thursday).”

Richard Bachman will start in goal for Dallas.

The Stars placed center Jake Dowell (broken finger) on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled left wing Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Injuries: RW Adam Burish (illness) and D Sheldon Souray (foot) are probable. C Jamie Benn (leg) is doubtful. C Jake Dowell (finger) and LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) are out.

About the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks (33-21-7) won their fourth straight game, defeating Detroit 2-1 at United Center on Tuesday. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots and the Blackhawks got goals from Jimmy Hayes and Marcus Kruger.

The Blackhawks were without captain Jonathan Toews, who missed the game with an upper body injury.

"In 82 games, you're going to play without some players on any given night," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "Losing him was big, but we rallied around each other and all stepped up."

Toews will not play Thursday against the Stars.

Injuries: D Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is probable. C Jonathan Toews (upper body), LW Daniel Carcillo (knee) and D Steve Montador (upper body) are out.

Series notes

*This is third of four meetings between the two teams.

*The two teams haven’t played since they split a back-to-back to open the season.

*Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

*October 7, at Dallas: Stars 2, Blackhawks 1
*October 8, at Chicago: Blackhawks 5, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-5-2 since the All-Star break.

*The Blackhawks are 4-6-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 13-14 on the penalty kill over their last four games.

*The Blackhawks are 0-30 on the power over the last 11 games.

*The Blackhawks are 15-16 on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*Chicago has allowed three goals over the last three games.

*Thursday’s game at Chicago and Friday’s game vs. Minnesota in Dallas will be the Stars’ 12th back-to-back set of the season. They are 5-4-2 in first games of back-to-backs this season and 0-9-2 in second games.

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal Thursday when the Dallas Stars play at Chicago. It will be Bachman's first start since Feb. 2, when he stopped 32 of 37 shots in a 5-2 loss at San Jose.

Kari Lehtonen, who has started the last 10 games for the Stars over an 18-day span, will have a couple days rest heading into Friday's home game against Minnesota, when the Stars will try to win in the second game of a back-to-back for the first time this season.

Sheldon Souray, who has missed the last seven games with a foot injury, will return to the lineup Thursday.

Jamie Benn, who has missed three games with a leg laceration and a charley horse, remains day-to-day. He is not expected to play Thursday.

The Stars also will be without forward Jake Dowell, who was placed on injured reserve today with an upper body injury. The Stars recalled left wing Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars of the AHL.
The Dallas Stars have placed forward Jake Dowell on injured reserve with an upper body injury. Dowell, who was injured in last night's 3-0 victory at Montreal, will miss at least one week.

To fill the void, the Stars have called up left wing Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars. Fraser ranks fourth in the AHL in goal scoring with 26 in 50 games.

This is Fraser's second call up of the season. He played one game just before the All-Star break, registering no points in 3:57 of ice time against Anaheim on Jan. 24.

Texas Stars Report

February, 20, 2012
2/20/12
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The past week

The Texas Stars went 2-1-0-0 over the past week. The Stars are currently in 13th place in the AHL’s Western Conference, nine points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Texas opened the week with a 4-3 loss at Lake Erie on Wednesday. Scott Glennie and Francis Wathier each had one goal and one assist in the game. Colton Sceviour also scored a goal and Angelo Esposito had two assists. Tyler Beskorowany had 40 saves.

Texas won 5-4 in a shootout over San Antonio at Cedar Park Center on Friday. Matt Fraser scored twice for the Stars. Wathier also scored and Esposito picked up another two assists. Mike Hedden scored the lone goal of the shootout. Beskorowany made 28 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all five shooters he faced in the shootout to get the victory and stop a personal five-game losing streak.

The Stars won 4-2 over San Antonio on Saturday at Cedar Park Center. Fraser, Sceviour, and Maxime Fortunus were among the goal scorers. Esposito picked up his fifth assist over the last three games. Andrew Raycroft stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn just his second win in the last seven starts.

The week ahead

Wednesday February 22, at Oklahoma City
Friday February 24, vs. Houston
Saturday February 25, vs. Houston

Notes

*LW Matt Fraser has five goals in the last six games and now has 26 in 50 games this season. He ranks fourth in the AHL in goal scoring.

*C Scott Glennie has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) over his last 20 games.

*RW Colton Sceviour has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) over his last 24 games.

Transactions

*2/18: Texas signed LW Scott Campbell to PTO

*2/17: C Ryan Garbutt recalled from Texas (AHL) by Dallas (NHL)

*2/16: Texas signed D Matt Case to PTO

*2/14: LW Stephen Schultz assigned to Idaho (ECHL) from Texas (AHL)

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads went 0-4-0-1 on a five-game road trip over the past week. The Steelheads are 23-25-2-4 on the season and are in sixth place in the ECHL’s Western Conference.


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