Friday, December 13, 2013

Gameday Preview: Stars v. Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars
14-8-2-2, 32 pts
#4 Western Conference
v.Chicago Wolves
12-10-0-2, 26 pts
#7 Western Conference
December 13th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

If it feels like it's been a while since the Texas Stars faced off against the Chicago Wolves, your gut feeling is correct. Chicago has played the Stars just once this season so far, the opening game of the season at the Cedar Park Center. That night it was the Travis Morin show as the veteran center collected four points in a 4-1 Stars win. It was a veteran night overall as each player to score on the evening played with the Wolves' starting goalie, Matt Climie, in the Stars' opening season.

The two clubs have wound mostly successful paths back to the spot where it all started for the season. Texas is in fourth place, blocking from advancing further by the divisional leader rules in the playoff seeding and the dominance of the Abbotsford Heat. Chicago is clipping along at better than .500 in seventh place with 26 points but with several clubs on their tail for the playoffs.

Climie's start against Texas was one of his few on the season as St. Louis sees the future in Jake Allen and wants to give him a solid number of minutes against AHL competition. The stats probably don't help Climie's case much as he's 2-4 with a 3.33 GAA and .882 SV%. Allen is a full goal lower at 2.33 GAA and .920 SV%. He's 10-6-2 on the season as well.

The Wolves are coming to town for the second game of the three game road trip. Their first was a contest they certainly should feel confident about. Chicago visited Grand Rapids and, after going down 2-1 in the second, rebounded to win 4-2. They held grand Rapids to just six shots in the third period despite two late Griffins' power plays.

As expected early in the season, vet Corey Locke and rookie Ty Rattie rank one and two in scoring for the Wolves. Fellow rookie Dmitrij Jaskin, a second round pick in 2011, is third with 7-6-13 in 16 GP. In his single season of major junior, Jaskin put up 99 points for Moncton in just 51 games.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour, Oleksiak (call up)

Website: chicagowolves.com
Twitter: @Chicago_Wolves
Twitter: @theshaves (Wolves PxP)

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