The Texas Stars have been alternating starting goaltenders for the first part of the season, but it appears they will give Cristopher Nilstorp more starts as long as he keeps playing well.
Nilstorp, who shut out San Antonio in the Stars’ 3-0 victory Thursday night in Cedar Park, has won two straight games and stopped 47 of 49 shots in the process.
“Nilstorp is playing well, so I think we will give him a little bit more,” Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins said after Thursday’s game.
Jack Campbell, who had been alternating starts with Nilstorp, was a healthy scratch Thursday night. Backing up Nilstorp was Josh Robinson, who was called up from the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL earlier in the week.
Robinson has been impressive in Idaho, posting a 5-0-1 record with a 2.60 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
Desjardins said Robinson’s performance in Idaho earned him some time in the AHL, but it is unclear if he’ll get a start.
“Robinson has been playing really well and we thought we would bring him up and give him a look. It’s always good to give a guy a little bit of experience,” said Desjardins.
Austin Smith still waiting for a chance
Forward Austin Smith, who was called up to Texas from Idaho last Saturday, hasn’t played since his return. Smith was a healthy scratch again Thursday night.
Smith, who played in just one of Texas’ first five games, was assigned to Idaho on Oct. 23. He played six games with the Steelheads, posting 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists).
Desjardins said it’s tough for Smith to crack the lineup right now with Texas having 15 healthy forwards on the roster.
“It’s tough. We have a couple of guys who haven’t been in the lineup,” Desjardins said. “Austin looks better than when he was up before. He’s got his confidence. I think he can play well if he gets a chance, but it’s hard. I think those other guys will get a chance first. We’ll see what happens. “