Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
11-8-0-1, 23 pts, 0.575
#4 Pacific Division
atGrand Rapids Griffins
8-9-0-2, 18 pts, 0.474
#6 Central Division
November 29th at 6:00 PM
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

The struggles of the Griffins continue as a hot Texas team rolls into town this evening. Since beating Texas 5-1 on November 11th in Cedar Park, the Griffins are 1-2-0-1. They beat San Antonio coming off the Texas win and things were looking up as they broke .500 and did so against a strong Rampage squad. Since then, they're winless with losses to Iowa, Rockford and Manitoba.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Texas, meanwhile, puts a three-game win streak on the line this evening. Since the same game, the Stars are 4-1, including a 3-1 record on their current season-long road trip. Goalie Landon Bow has been a big part of that success. He's allowed only four goals in the last three games and has gotten every start for the team since the Grand Rapids loss. His numbers have continued to improve since ballooning early in the season with a bad first outing. He's shaken that off to go 6-3, 2.49 and .909.

In contrast to early season prognostications, Mike McKenna may not see the net until Texas's final game of the trip, the second of a back-to-back set. It's definitely a good sign for Bow's development, but the team would certain prefer to have two strong options instead of riding a hot hand.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie (call up)

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

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