38-17-3-5, 84 pts
#1 Western Conference
25-25-6-4, 60 pts
#12 Western Conference
March 19th at 7:05 PM
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
UPDATE: The Texas Stars have assigned Josh Robinson to Idaho this morning as well. Jack Campbell and Cristopher Nilstorp are the goalies for Texas.
I'd challenge you to find a streakier team than this year's Iowa Wild. The Minnesota minor league affiliate is either the hottest team or the coldest depending on which week you're looking at the standings.
After they beat Texas in the first meeting between the two team in November, the Stars won the next one, which set Iowa on 1-10-0 streak. The team dipped to five games below .500 at 8-13-1-0 with a December 11th loss to Abbotsford. Then something clicked. The Wild failed to get a point in just four their next 25 games, going 13-4-4-4.
Then it went down the tubes. After a Justin Mercier goal beat Chicago in OT on February 7th, the next night saw the club shellacked by the IceHogs by an 8-3 score. That put them on a 1-8-1-0 run.
They've just won their last three so maybe they're on one of those winning streaks again. If so, it couldn't come at a better time for Iowa. To have a chance at making the playoffs, the team needs 23 points in its last 16 games, or at least an 11-4-1 record. With six total games remaining against their division mates Chicago and Grand Rapids and one more against North Division leader Toronto, it's not looking so great for playoff hockey in Des Moines.
All that being said, never say never. The Abbotsford Heat are falling fast and maybe that opens up another slot in the already packed playoff race.
Cristopher Nilstorp is available and I'd put it at even odds as to whether he starts or Campbell gets the nod. Both are coming off a few days rest since their last outing. Nilstorp did mop up duty against Winnipeg on Sunday; Campbell started on Saturday against Chicago.
Things should look a little more normal with Morin back in the lineup. Still no Mueller or Sceviour though. Here's the guess:
McKenzie-Morin-StranskyStars injury/call up report:
Morin, Sceviour (call up)
Wild Web Resources:
Blog (Official): I Wild Blog
Twitter: @IowaWildFish (former Stars PBP Josh Fisher)