15-12-8-0, 38 pts
#9 Western Conference
14-15-6-0, 23 pts
#11 Western Conference
January 10th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
The last time Toronto lost in regulation, it was to the Texas Stars. That was on December 20th in Toronto. Since then, the Marlies have reawakened their playoff chances by going 4-0-3 to drive themselves to 34 points and 11th place in the West. Overall, they are still playing below-.500 hockey, but tonight's game could change that. If they win, they will move to 15-15-6 and within striking distance of Texas, just two points back.
Toronto will roll into town with plenty of rest. While Texas played last night, the Marlies haven't hit the ice since January 3rd. The agme starts a five game road trip that will swing through Texas and Charlotte before landing back in Ontario for a home-and-home against Hamilton.
The Stars need to erase their memories of last night's game and concentrate on the two point at hand against the Marlies. The Stars have won both matchups against the Marlies this season, both by 3-1 final scores. Another 3-1 victory would be a nice final for the club after dropping the Iowa game last night. The Stars lost a step on 8th place Chicago, who now have 40 points in 35 games to the Stars' 38 in the same span.
Stars injury/call up report:
Ritchie (call up)
Dowling, Troock, McKenzie, Faksa (injury)
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