Gameday Preview: Stars v. Charlotte Checkers

Texas Stars
18-15-10-0, 46 pts
#10 Western Conference
v.Charlotte Checkers
16-22-5-1, 38 pts
#13 Western Conference
January 31st at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

The homestand continues for Texas with the most beatable opponent of the five games they will play in this stretch. Charlotte has been in the bottom three of the standings all season and, despite a 5-4-2 run over the last ten games, is still in 13th place.

Texas got a rare Friday night off after playing on Thursday at home. The Checkers come to town having played the same opponent as the Stars did in their last game, the Rampage. Texas has a chance here to catch the Checkers without playing a second game the day after. That has been a troubling point for the Stars all year against many teams, but especially against Charlotte.

In back-to-back games against Charlotte this year, the Stars have won each of the first games and lost each of the second. The only game that stands alone, their December 27th contest at the CPC, was a 4-2 Texas win. The Stars hope for a similar occurrence this evening.

Top D-man Ryan Murphy is out for the Checkers, having been called up to Carolina.

Note the later than usual start time due to changeover from the Austin Spurs game this afternoon at 1 PM. Ice quality will be something to monitor as the game goes on with the Spurs playing Friday and Saturday night and the ice not being revealed until sometime around 4:00 PM this afternoon.

Stars injury/call up report:
Ritchie (call up)
Henderson (injury, upper body day-to-day)
Faksa (out for season, shoulder surgery)

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