Monday, February 17, 2014

Gameday Preview: Stars at Toronto Marlies

Texas Stars
30-15-3-4, 67 pts
#4 Western Conference
atToronto Marlies
28-17-2-2, 60 pts
#3 Western Conference
February 17th at 2:00 PM
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Another day game to finish the three-in-three. Toronto is the opponent this go-around. Despite what the raw numbers might say, Texas is actually behind the Marlies in the standings thanks to the division seeding rules. Toronto is third in the conference despite trailing Texas by seven points. Despite recent struggles, the Stars are third in the fourth in the league in points and second only behind Abbotsford in the Western Conference.

Toronto comes in also on the third game of a three-game set. They beat Farjestad BK on Saturday and lost to Utica last night, both at home. They, of course, will look to change their fortunes against Texas. This season, Toronto and Texas have faced off three times already. Each team has won its home games with the only other game in Toronto going to a shootout. This is the first season that Texas will play more than two games against the Marlies in the season series.

As always this season, T.J. Brennan and Spencer Abbott are two big players to watch for, tallying 52 and 51 points on the season respectively. Drew McIntyre has taken most of the load in net for the Marlies this season with 37 games against Sparks' 11. Sparks started against Farjestad and McIntyre against Utica. It's likely McIntyre goes against Texas and Cris Nilstorp.

Stars injury/call up report:
Petersen, Campbell, Vause (injury)

Website: torontomarlies.com
Blog (official): Bart's Bytes
Twitter: @TorontoMarlies

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