GAMEDAY PREVIEW - IOWA WILD VS TEXAS STARSApr 22, 2022
Iowa Wild (31-28-4-5; 71 pts.) vs Texas Stars (29-28-6-6; 70 pts.)
Iowa and Texas play for the seventh time in the 2021-22 season on Friday, Apr. 22 with massive playoff implications on the line. Iowa currently sits in the fifth and final playoff spot in the Central Division, and Texas stands in sixth. The Wild and the Stars split the first six matchups between the two teams.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE POND
On Tuesday, Apr. 19, the Wild defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins by a score of 5-2. Wild forwards Nick Swaney, Marco Rossi and Kyle Rau scored the first three goals of the game. Wild forward Mason Shaw added Iowa’s fourth goal at 12:27 of the third period before Swaney deposited an empty net goal to seal the game with 29-seconds left in regulation. Wild goaltender Zane McIntyre made 28 saves in the win.
BATTLE FOR FIFTH
- Wild forward Mitchell Chaffee has recorded 13 points (9-4=13) in his last 11 games.
- Iowa forward Kyle Rau is two points away from the most points scored in Iowa Wild franchise history.
- The Wild are 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games.
- Iowa goaltender Zane McIntyre owns a save percentage of .938 against Texas this season.
- Nine different Texas skaters have recorded goals against the Wild in the 2021-22 season.
- Stars goaltender Matt Jurusik has allowed just three goals in two games against Iowa this season.
- Texas forward Curtis McKenzie has recorded five points (2-3=5) in his last seven games.
- Stars forward Anthony Louis owns five points (2-3=5) in his last four games.
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