Gameday Preview: Stars v. Rockford IceHogs

Texas Stars
1-0-0-0, 2 pts
#4 Western Conference
v.Rockford IceHogs
0-1-0-0, 0 pts
#13 Western Conference
October 6th at 5:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Texas plays just one more game before going on an eight-day break just a few days into the season.

"They're a big team and they play hard," said Coach Desjardins. "We had the strangest games against them last year. We have to be ready from the start and play a full 65 minutes, if we need to."

Coach Desjardins is referring to the odd occurrence last year wherein three of the four games against Rockford saw the home team go up 3-0 only to lose on the final scoreboard. In the fourth game, Texas saw a 4-1 lead evaporate at home to lose.

Rockford comes to town after losing 3-1 last night to San Antonio in their season opener. They allowed 56 shots on net in the game, a huge sum. Antti Raanta got the start but took a shot off the inside of his knee and left the game just five minutes in. Kent Simpson relieved him and faced 51 of those 56 shots. Rookie Alex Broadhurst scored the only goal of the contest for the IceHogs.

Cristopher Nilstorp is expected to get the start in net for the Stars. Austin Smith could be ready for tonight's game. However, with eight days of potential rest in front of him, Texas may just roll their lineup from Saturday and allow Smith extra rest days to ensure he is 100%.

Stars injury/call up report:
Smith (injury, questionable)

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