Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gameday Preview: Stars at Rockford IceHogs, Game 3

Texas Stars
46-27-3-4, 99 pts
#2 West Division
atRockford IceHogs
44-30-3-3, 94 pts
#3 West Division
Stars lead 2-0

April 21st at 7:05 PM
MetroCentre, Rockford, IL

After a long delay, Texas and Rockford resume their best of seven series tonight with a game in Rockford, IL. So far, Texas has emerged victorious from the first two games in the series, both on their home ice. The Stars have played in Rockford four times so far this season and have not lost yet. It is certainly a confidence booster for the guys to know that they can win in the building, but the playoffs are a different animal, so we can't guarantee anything.

For Texas, as it's been all year, the story is opportunistic offense and solid defense. Goaltender Brent Krahn and the Stars blue-liners have only allowed one goal in each game, both in the third period. In fact, Texas has never trailed in the series. Krahn leads all goaltenders in the playoffs in GAA (1.00) and SV% (.967). Goaltender Corey Crawford for the IceHogs has done decently well with only five goals against in the series but has not gotten the offensive support he needs to win games.

On the offensive side, #1 Stars killer, Kyle Greentree, will return to the series tonight after sitting out game 2 with a suspension for his actions in Game 1. Kyle Beach and Rob Klinkhammer are tied in the series with one goal each.

On the Stars side, Travis Morin leads all scorers with 3 points, all assists. Ray Sawada has the goal-scoring lead so far with 2 and Colton Sceviour also has two points, both assists. Several other Stars have 1 point. Interesting to note that Ray Sawada has two goals in two games and also a 100% shooting percentage. Two shots, two goals.

Stars injury/call up report:
Beaudoin (lower body)

Website: icehogs.com
Blog (unofficial): Rockford IceHogs Fan Blog
Twitter: @goicehogs

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