Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Chicago Wolves

Texas Stars
29-19-5-2, 65 pts, 0.591
#3 Pacific Division
atChicago Wolves
28-18-6-2, 64 pts, 0.593
#3 Central Division
February 27th at 11:00 AM
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

The spaced out schedule against the Chicago Wolves concludes today with a day game in Rosemont. After taking two games against the Wolves to open the season in Cedar Park, Texas also claimed a mid-November OT game in Chicago. Texas has three more games against the Wolves including today's.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
The last time these two teams played, however, Chicago was in a very different place. The Wolves were five games below .500 and in last place in the division. Since losing to Texas, they've rebounded with a 24-9-5-1 record. It's good enough for 3rd place in the division. The past weekend they traded wins with division-leading Manitoba. Texas has been the winner in four of its last five.

Speaking of trades, the Wolves fanbase is breathing a sigh of relief that parent club Vegas didn't get anything done for Erik Karlsson yesterday. Surely that trade would have come by way of prospects in the AHL among many other assets.

A few interesting lines to watch here include:
  • Mike McKenna has started five of the last six. Will Laxdal ride the hot hand or mix in Landon Bow?
  • Roope Hintz oculd return to the lineup today. He was 50/50 on Saturday and didn't go.
  • Steve McParland was added to the Stars' roster last night after Texas lost Jason Dickinson to NHL call up. Max French was also recalled.
Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson (call up)
McKenzie (injury)
Hintz (questionable)

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