Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at Rockford IceHogs

Texas Stars
13-9-2-1, 29 pts
#4 Central Division
atRockford IceHogs
12-10-1-4, 29 pts
#6 Central Division
December 15th at 6:00 PM
BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, IL

Playing their third game in four nights, Texas rolls into Rockford with a five-game point streak in tact. With a humming power play that eventually got them a goal last night, Texas comes in with the second-ranked power play in the league (28.4%).

The loss of Denis Gurianov for last night's game, and potentially for a while longer, takes a potent offensive weapon out of the lineup. This Texas Stars team is showing its mettle by filling in when their top players get recalled. Rookie Joel L'Esperance and veteran captain Justin Dowling stepped up last night. Rookie Adam Mascherin has been in the mix these past two weeks as well.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
The IceHogs are coming to the game with a win last night in Grand Rapids. Curiously over the last six games for Rockford dating back to Thanksgiving, the club has either won 3-2 or been shutout entirely.

Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Gurianov, Bayreuther, Hanley, Fedun (call up)