Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Rockford IceHogs

Texas Stars
30-32-1-4, 65 pts, 0.485
#6 Pacific Division
atRockford IceHogs
22-34-9-3, 56 pts, 0.412
#8 Central Division
March 31st at 7:00 PM
BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL

UPDATE: Texas loses Smith and Dowling to recall and now has just 11 forwards, including ATO signing Reid Sturos. Could be interesting.

The Texas Stars play their only 3-in-3 of the year this weekend in the midwest. Up first are the last place team in the conference, the Rockford IceHogs. The Hogs were also in last place when Texas played them in Cedar Park on December 10th. Things have improved a bit for them with a slight uptick in their winning percentage from that time, but it's still .412 (as opposed to .375 on Dec 10).

Mark McNeill will be making a homecoming to the only other pro team he's known. McNeill laced them up for 273 regular season games as an IceHog and 11 in the playoffs.

The IceHogs have nothing to play for but pride and have won just one game since February 22nd, a stretch of 1-10-1 hockey. Three of their four top scorers, including McNeill, were dealt at the deadline for assets.

Long story short, this may not be the prettiest game, but it's imminently winnable.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka, Elie, Dickinson, Smith, Dowling (call up)
Fyten (head injury)

Blog (unofficial): Rockford IceHogs Fan Blog
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