12-10-1-1, 26 pts
#4 Pacific Division
12-11-0-0, 24 pts
#6 Central Division
December 11th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
|(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)|
Since falling to Texas on November 20th, the Checkers are 5-3. That includes a disappointing 3-3 homestand that saw Charlotte win both against Iowa (of course), lose both against Ontario (predictable) and split with middling San Jose (would have wanted two wins there).
On the Texas side, home games have been unkind to the Stars so far this season. With a 5-5-1 record, Texas is right at .500 on the season in points at home. Historically, the lowest the Stars have ended a season in points percentage at home is .513 in the non-playoff 2011-12 campaign. The Stars have plenty of time to shore up their home record, but it is definitely a sore point. You can throw all the cliches you want at it; they just need to find ways to win games. The team averages north of 4 goals per game and half the nights this season, that hasn't been good enough at the CPC. That obviously points to keeping pucks out of the net. The Stars allow 3.91 goals per game at home.
Like Dallas, it's high event hockey. However, it's not working out in their favor as often as their NHL parent club. With the three-in-three starting tonight, there will be some pretty immediate chances to reverse that trend.
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