Gameday Preview: Texas Makes Quick Trip to Chicago Before Lengthy Homestand

UPDATE: Joel Kiviranta has been recalled to Dallas this afternoon.

Heading into a Thursday tilt with the Chicago Wolves, The Texas Stars look to rebound from a narrow loss against the Iowa Wild to close out 2019. It's a new year, and perhaps Texas can set its sights on pushing its record to .500 in the coming weeks. That's a reasonable goal if you ask me.

(credit: Chicago Wolves)

Getting there without two top six wingers is going to make things a bit more tricky. Adam Mascherin sat out the game against the Wild and appears to be out indefinitely. The versatile scoring winger had a fight with Rampage winger Evan Polei last week after Polei checked Reece Scarlett up high. Mascherin went down hard on his shoulder, and Polei reportedly passed out after heading off the ice.

Caamano continues to sit games with an undisclosed injury and nor firm time table on a return. That's a lot of firepower missing from the lineup that the Stars will have to overcome.

On the other side of the ice, the Wolves are playing well enough to have a tentative hold on the final playoff spot in the Central and are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games. Texas last played in Chicago two weeks ago and split a pair of games. In the second game, rookie goaltender Jake Oettinger recorded his second pro shutout, a 32 save performance.

The Stars are going to need that level of goaltending against Chicago's talented forward group. That goes doubly so considering the Stars are shorthanded in the scoring department. The puck drops at 7:00 PM CST.

Injuries and callups:
Kiviranta (callup)
Caamano, Mascherin (undisclosed)