Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Tucson Roadrunners

Texas Stars
28-30-1-4, 61 pts, 0.484
#6 Pacific Division
v.Tucson Roadrunners
24-27-6-0, 54 pts, 0.474
#7 Pacific Division
March 22nd at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: The Texas Stars have assigned Landon Bow, Justin Hache and Mike McMurtry to the Idaho Steelheads.

The Roadrunners were the hot team to start the season. With weapons like Chris Mueller at hand and some sterling rookie adds, they were a hot hand.

That has cooled.

Tucson has dropped to 7th in the division, well out of the playoff race. Texas laid a hurt on them in two games back in early February, winning 3-2 and 6-2 in back-to-back nights. Since then, it's been a death spiral. Tucson has managed just a 3-11-1-0 record since leaving Texas on February 11th. It has not been an easy path for sure with regular matchups against San Diego, Bako, San Jose and Ontario. However, even last night they fell to the lowly San Antonio Rampage.

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Texas, of course, as I have mentioned before, is in a precarious spot. They need all of the points they can get to make it to the playoffs right now. Their mark of 11-2 still stands as what they need in the final 13 games to make it in.

Tonight will mark the home debut of defenseman Gavin Bayreuther, who has already scored his first pro goal.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie (call up)
Smith (injury, expected to play)

Twitter: @RoadrunnersAHL
Coverage: @CallahanOnAir (Tucson PBP)