Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Iowa Wild

Texas Stars
19-15-1-2, 41 pts, 0.554
#6 Pacific Division
atIowa Wild
18-19-3-1, 40 pts, 0.488
#5 Central Division
January 20th at 7:00 PM
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

UPDATE: Julius Honka has been recalled to Dallas.

The Stars make their first and only visit to the Iowa Wild this weekend for a pair of games. The Stars will come in with a win their last contest but a record of 4-5-0-1 in their last ten. The Wild are a game below .500 on the year and find themselves on a two-game losing streak among a four game homestand. Unfortunately for the Wild, they had excellent momentum coming into the homestand, winning two in Manitoba and two in San Antonio. It was their longest win streak of the season and took them all the way to .500 from four below.

You better believe the Wild will seek to put a body on Denis Gurianov, who has the Stars' last two game-winning goals. The young Russian is coming into his own in the league. On the Wild side, Teemu Pulkkinen is one that the Stars much watch. He is 12-14=26 with 31 GP and was always lethal against the Stars as a Griffin. Former Star Maxime Fortunus has played 30 games this season going 1-3=4 but with a plus-6 rating, the best on the team.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (call up)
Dowling (injury)

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