Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Manitoba Moose

Texas Stars
39-25-8-3, 89 pts, 0.593
#3 Pacific Division
v.Manitoba Moose
26-40-4-5, 61 pts, 0.407
#6 Central Division
April 16th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Without anything statistically to play for, Texas looks to close out their season on a high note with the playoffs coming up fast. Manitoba visits for the second and obviously final time this season.

(Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
Coach Laxdal said Wednesday that he wishes he had the luxury of resting players tonight, but the long injury list means he can't. Instead, he will attempt to run his top 3 lines as close to what he wants in Game 1 next week.

Last game's experiment with both Derek Army and Mike McMurtry in at center looks to have given McMurtry the upper hand. I would not be surprised to see him in over Army.

Dowling and Blacker should be ready to go tonight. Smith is a question mark but could play as well.

Stars injury/call up report:
Faksa, Ritchie, Johns (call up)
Shore, Ully, Troock (injury, out for season)
Dowling, Blacker (probable)
Smith (questionable, illness)

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