Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Rockford IceHogs

Texas Stars
11-8-1-1, 24 pts, 0.571
#5 Pacific Division
v.Rockford IceHogs
7-12-2-2, 18 pts, 0.391
#8 Central Division
December 9th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Jason Dickinson has been reassigned.

The idle Texas Stars have been passed up this week by a few teams and find themselves in fifth place in the Pacific, even with a .571 points percentage. In fact, the 6th place Barracuda have a .559 percentage.

Rockford and the Stars have already played once this season in Illinois, a game Texas lost in their only shootout of the season so far. This weekend is the first and only visit the IceHogs will make to Texas. After this weekend, the two teams won't play again until the end of March.

Rockford is in last place in the Central Division, sitting five games below .500. The IceHogs are having a lot of difficulty scoring goals. They rank second to last in the league with just 2.22 per game. They're allowing 3.13 per game at the same time. Their leading goal scorer right now, Spencer Abbott, has only five tallues on the season. Further, the goaltenders on their roster at the moment have a combined 1-5-3 record.

The point of all this is that Texas needs to collect all four points this weekend as they start what is essentially a five-week homestand without a game outside Texas until January 11th.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka, Dickinson (call up)
Backman (mid-body injury)

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