38-24-8-6, 90 pts, 0.592
#2 Pacific Division
40-28-4-4, 90 pts, 0.579
#4 Central Division
May 22nd at 7:00 PM
BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL
Stars lead 2-0
Stars lead 2-0
|(credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)|
Coming off their overtime thriller on Sunday that saw them score two power play goals, the Stars have a real chance to put the clamps down. Every indication from the locker room is that the players know what's at stake in every game, and they have yet to let arrogance or pomp creep into their game this postseason. The IceHogs remain the most dangerous opponent the Stars have taken on in these playoffs, after all.
Chris DiDomenico has goals in both games against the Stars and still clings to the lead in postseason scoring with 14 points. His teammate, defenseman Adam Clendening, is on DiDomenico's heels with 12 points, giving the IceHogs a blistering power play unit. The Stars would do well to mind their sticks while their in Rockford. The five power play opportunities they ceded to the IceHogs in game 2 was probably too many, though they did get seven chances themselves.
Where the goal scoring will come from the Stars is hard to predict, and they like it that way. On Sunday, it was Curtis McKenzie with the game winner in overtime, but he was quick to point out that everyone has pitched in on scoring during extended play this postseason. With the Stars icing three dangerous scoring lines, the IceHogs will have plenty to deal with if they want to make this a series on Tuesday night.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM CDT.
Stars injury report:
Nyberg, Fyten (injured)