Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Grand Rapids Griffins

Texas Stars
35-21-5-3, 78 pts, 0.609
#2 Pacific Division
v.Grand Rapids Griffins
39-20-1-1, 80 pts, 0.656
#1 Central Division
March 16th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

The Stars have not gotten any luck in terms of playing against the Griffins.

The first time they faced off, Grand Rapids was riding a 12-game winning streak. Texas headed to Van Andel, and the Griffins earned wins 13 and 14 on what would eventually become a 15-game streak. Texas was close on their first contest, losing 5-4. The second game, which was the third in a 3-in-3 weekend for Texas, was a 6-1 clobbering.

Martin Frk (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
And now, Grand Rapids comes to Cedar Park with an 11-game streak in hand. They've allowed just eleven goals during the streak and notched four shutouts. Jared Coreau and Tom McCollum have split time pretty evenly. McCollum has 5 wins and Coreau 6.

Aside from the famous second-round playoff victory in 2014, Texas has had a lot of trouble with the Griffins historically. GR has a 13-4 record against Texas in the past five years. Even in Cedar Park, Grand Rapids is 5-2-1.

Of course, as you would say with any opponent like this, it's a test. It might be a stiffer test than Ontario was just a few weeks ago. At this point, I don't think anyone has any expectation of Jack Campbell starting any more games on the season. Kevin King could make his home debut and recent signee Derek Army could as well.

Stars injury/call up report:
Faksa, Ritchie, Johns (call up)
Rallo, Shore, Morin (injury)

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