Mar 10, 2017


Iowa Wild (27-23-6-2, 62 points) at Texas Stars (27-27-1-2, 57 points)
Iowa continues a lengthy and spread out six-game road trip. The club opened the trip with a pair of losses in Chicago, followed by a 2-1 victory at Rockford on Saturday. Iowa plays three games in the first 15 days of March. Iowa is 13-5-3-1 over the last 22 games. Despite a 7-12-0-0 mark over the last 19 outings, Texas has wins in three of the last four games. The Stars are coming off a 5-4 win over Grand Rapids at home on Wednesday.

In AHL history, the Wild has played the Stars meet for the 21st time on Friday. Iowa is 6-11-2-1 all-time against Texas, including a 3-4-1-1 mark on the road. The Stars are 14-4-2-0 against the Wild all-time, including a 6-1-2-0 mark at the Cedar Park Center.  The two teams will meet four times this season. Iowa is 1-0-1-0 in the season series.

Iowa is 16-10-3-0 on the road this season and 3-4-2-1 over the last 10 outings. The Wild has been outscored by the home teams 72-70 this season. The Stars are 16-11-0-1 at home and 3-7-0-0 over the last ten games. Texas has been outscored by the road teams 90-87.

Upcoming Games:
Team                                      Date      Time              Radio / TV
at Texas                                   3/10      7:30 PM CT   KXNO / iHeartRadio    
at Texas                                   3/11      7:00 PM CT   KXNO / iHeartRadio    
at Milwaukee                           3/17      7:00 PM CT   KXNO / iHeartRadio
vs. Milwaukee                          3/18      6:00 PM CT   KXNO / iHeartRadio / MC22
at Charlotte                              3/21      6:00 PM CT   KXNO / iHeartRadio

3.6.17: Add – C Tyler Graovac – assigned from Minnesota (NHL)
3.7.17: Add – D Dylan Labbe – reassigned from Quad City (ECHL)
3.7.17: Delete – D Gustav Olofsson – recalled to Minnesota (NHL)
3.8.17: Add – D Mike Sdao – signed PTO – F Gerald Mayhew signed ATO
3.8.17: Delete – F Jack Nevins and F Nolan La Porte released PTO

Last Time Out
Iowa center Pat Cannone scored twice and goalie Alex Stalock stopped 36 of 37 shots for a 2-1 victory at Rockford on Saturday. The victory tied Iowa’s all-time mark for wins in a season. It also marked the 98th AHL win for Stalock.

Iowa Wild
Through 58 games of the regular season rookie Alex Tuch is the team’s active leader with 28 points in 40 outings. Tuch is first in goals and third in assists. Veteran center Pat Cannone is tied for second with 17 assists, and he is second with 26 points in 55 games played. Cannone also has nine goals for the season. Out with an injury, rookie Mario Lucia is third among active skaters with 22 points in 44 games played. On NHL callup, Gustav Olofsson is tied for third in scoring with 22 points. He has five goals and 17 assists to lead all defensemen in scoring in 47 games played.  Rookie Sam Anas and right wing Christoph Bertschy round out the top scorers. Anas has 20 points in 49 games played, while Bertschy has 18 points in 49 games played.

Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 17-12-7 with a 2.43 GAA and a .920 SV%. Michalek is 10-11-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 SV%.

Iowa’s power play sits 17th in the league after going 36-for-209 (17.2%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 16th in the AHL after stopping 171-of-209 (81.8%).

·       Iowa needs one more win to set the franchise record for wins in a season. The Wild won 27 games in 2013-14. The team record for points was set during the same season, 67 in 2013-14.

Texas Stars
The last remaining and original Texas Star, Captain Travis Morin, leads the team in scoring with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 57 games played. Morin also leads the team with 15 power-play points. Left wing Brandon DeFazio is second on the club with 38 points in 57 games played.  DeFazio sits third on the squad with 21 assists. Matej Stransky is third on the team with 35 points in 57 outings. Stransky is second on the team with 18 goals and first with 166 shots. Veteran Mark McNeill is fourth in scoring with 31 points in 62 games played. McNeill has one goal and three points in his first four games with Texas after he was acquired from Rockford. Julius Honka leads all defensemen in scoring with 20 assists and 26 points in 40 games played.

Goalies Justin Peters and Maxime Legace share time in net for Texas. Peters is 12-13-0 with a 3.61 GAA and a .879 SV %. Legace is 11-11-3 with a 3.31 GAA and a .892 SV %.

Texas’ power play is 23rd, going 36-for-231 (15.6%). The Stars are 30th on the penalty kill, stopping 191-of-254 (75.2%).

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