Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
27-29-2-2, 58 pts
#15 Western Conference
v.Grand Rapids Griffins
26-23-6-4, 62 pts
#13 Western Conference
March 13th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

After what happened to the Griffins last week in the Cedar Park Center, anyone who thinks they don't come into the Stars' barn with a chip on their shoulder is mad. The Griffins stormed back from a 4-0 deficit in the third period only to lose in overtime. They split their weekend series with Houston and are now back for a second serving of Texas Stars.

While it looks like neither of these teams will be making the playoffs at the current juncture, they are both making positive strides for their future development. Each team has six wins in their last ten games. However, both are beset with early season difficulties that doomed their playoff hopes. As they say, you don't win the Cup in November, but you can sure lose it.

Lineup changes for Grand Rapids include the addition of Jordan Pearce, fresh off a short stint with the Red Wings. Tom McCollum looks to be the odd man out now for the Griffins. In other assignment news, former Dallas farmhand Chris Conner has four points in three games since assignment last week.

Texas's lineup will also look a bit different tonight. With the callup of Jordie Benn, Matt Case should slide in on defense. Additionally, as the Stars called up Nick Layton, he could swap spots with Scott Campbell on the fourth line.

Tonight's game will be the last home meeting between the two teams on the season. The Stars visit Grand Rapids on April 4th.

Stars injury/call up report:
Vincour, Benn (callup)
Labrie, Schultz, Fortunus, Tousignant (injury)

Website: griffinshockey.com
Twitter: @GriffinsHockey
Blog: Griffins Hockey on MLive.com

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