After winning three of four on a West Coast trip, the Texas Stars (12-8-0-1) are back in Texas as they prepare to take on the Rockford Icehogs (12-5-1-2) on Wednesday. Texas is 2-0-0-0 against Rockford this season and has outscored the Icehogs by a combined score of 12-4.
The matchup looks to be very fast-paced, as both teams are known for their speed up the ice. But Rockford might slow down the contest down if it continues its string of penalty-laden play. The Icehogs recorded a season-high 30 penalty minutes in the team’s matchup against the Chicago Wolves on Friday.
In the two games against Rockford this season, center Devin Shore has led the way for the Stars with four total points. Shore has continued to light up the stat sheet throughout the season, and he currently leads the AHL in goals with 15. Shore also set a franchise record with a six-game goal scoring streak that ultimately ended in the Stars 3-2 win against San Jose on Sunday.
Over the weekend, two Stars hit major milestones. Center Travis Morin recorded the 250th assist of his career and center Greg Rallo appeared in his 550th career AHL game against San Jose. Stars coach Derek Laxdal is approaching a milestone of his own, as he will coach the 900th game of his career Sunday at Milwaukee.
Rockford has been red hot of late, recording seven points in its last five games. Although the Stars have the Icehogs number this year, Rockford is 15-11-3-1 all-time against the Stars.
The Icehogs feature former Stanley Cup champion Bryan Bickell. Bickell — who played a pivotal role in the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup win — has been impressive in his stint in the AHL after a disappointing 2014 NHL season. In 10 games this season for Rockford, Bickell has five goals and has scored on 18.5 percent of his shots on goal.
The puck drops at the Cedar Park Center in Austin at 7:30.