Gameday Preview: Stars at Iowa Wild

Texas Stars
31-19-13-1, 76 pts
#6 Western Conference
atIowa Wild
21-40-1-2, 45 pts
#15 Western Conference
March 24th at 7:00 PM
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

The Stars will close out their road trip against the first club to be eliminated from the postseason this year. The Iowa Wild have just had a season to forget in all ways, shapes and forms. They fired their coach early on to try and spur the team, but there was no spark there. Case in point, since these two teams last played, Iowa has earned just one of a possible eight points. Texas has earned 12 of 14.

And that 12 of 14 mark was due entirely to a winning streak that started after the Stars' last game against the Wild. Texas would like to kick off another win streak with tonight's game as they look ahead to playing the #2 Grand Rapids Griffins for the first time at Cedar Park Center since last year's playoffs.

Games this year against Iowa have been weird for the Stars. It has felt like the team plays down to Iowa's level on occasion with a lot of one-goal games or two-goal games with an empty netter. It looks like Texas has its swagger back now and might be able to enforce its will on the weaker Wild. It would certainly be encouraging to see a big game from the Stars to close out the road trip against meager competition to say the least.

Stars injury/call up report:
McKenzie, Ritchie (call up)
Rynnas, Faksa (injury)

Wild Web Resources:
Blog (Official): I Wild Blog
Twitter: @IAWild
Twitter: @IowaWildFish (former Stars PBP Josh Fisher)