Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. Manitoba Moose

      Texas Stars                           Manitoba Moose
  32-21-6-3, 73 pts, .589      v.     36-17-4-4, 80 pts, .656
#3 Pacific Division                    #1 Central Division

March 14th at 7:30 PM CST
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Dillon Heatherington has been recalled to Dallas.

We can start this preview by stating the obvious. The Moose are a very, very good team. They've got the best record in the West and will likely be the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the Conference.

(Credit: Texas Stars)

Manitoba is not such an unstoppable force as of late, and Texas has a real chance to pounce on some points here this week with the season series closing between tonight's game and Saturday's. In their past ten games, the Moose are showing some potential of being human with a 4-5-0-1 record. Since rattling off a five game winning streak to start February, they are 5-7-1-2. Chicago, Iowa, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee, all contending for playoff positioning, knocked off the Moose during that time.

The Stars have something of a confidence boost on their side of the equation as well. When Texas visited Winnipeg earlier this year, they emerged with two wins, each by a four goal margin. Landon Bow picked up his first AHL shutout in that set as well. The leading scorer in those wins was Curtis McKenzie with 3-2=5. The captain will be playing his 3rd game back from injury tonight and first at home.

Stars injury/call-up report:
Dickinson, McKenna, Heatherington (call-up)

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Twitter: @ManitobaMoose
Beat writer: @PwilliamsNHL