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With the COVID outbreak and associated travel restrictions and concerns, the Texas Stars saw four games postponed over the past few weeks. Texas now has new dates and times for all four games.
The Manitoba games originally scheduled for December 21 and 22 in Cedar Park will now be played on February 7 and 9, both at 7 PM as per usual. The new scheduling will create a four-game home and home series with the Moose with Texas playing in Winnipeg on February 4 and 5. With the next weekend's games against Milwaukee, the Stars will face a daunting six games in just nine days. The February 7th game will be the only Monday game of the season for Texas.
The Charlotte games originally scheduled for December 31 and January 1 are now on the docket for March 8 and 9. These games will also set up six games in nine days stretching back to the preceding weekend and four games in five days in the week for Texas.
The season is winding down faster than it seems. The Stars only have a handful of homestands left and need to make the most of them. Time is already running out to qualify for the postseason. The last-place Stars still have a chance with the extended postseason brackets this year. The weakness of the Central Division's bottom three players means that the last team into the playoffs could have a sub-.500 record. Texas needs 47 points in their remaining 42 games to match the pace of the IceHogs. That's a 23-16-1 record or better.