Old rivals will meet once again this Tuesday evening when the Lincoln Stars host the Omaha Lancers at the IceBox in Lincoln, NE
Then on Wednesday (April Fool's Day), the Stars will travel to Cedar Rapids, IA to take on the eastern conference Roughriders.
Puck drops at 7:05pm CST for each game.
If you're unable to attend either of the two games this week, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.
The Stars are currently in last place in the USHL western conference (and last place overall) with a record of 16-34-5 (37 points). Lincoln is riding a five-game losing streak with five games remaining in the 2014-15 regular season. Click here to view the league standings.
Tuesday's opponent, the Omaha Lancers, are in third place in the USHL western conference with a record of 31-16-8 (70 points). Omaha is 2-2-1 in their last five games played. The Lancers have the top-ranked penalty kill unit in the whole USHL at 86.6% (Stars are second to last at 74.4%).
The Tuesday evening contest will be the sixth time these two teams will have met this season. In the five previous games, the Lancers went 4-0-1 against the Stars and outscored them 21-13.
The Lancers and Stars will become very familiar in these last five games of the regular season as they will meet three times. The two teams will play a home-and-home Fri/Sat series on the last weekend of the regular season.
On Wednesday, the Stars will take on another very good team in the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, who sport a record of 37-18-0 (74 points) and are in second place in the USHL eastern conference. The 'Riders are 3-2-0 in their last five games played.
This is definitely not unusual, but the Roughriders have the least penalized team in the USHL with 635 penalty minutes in 55 games played (11.5 PIM's per game. Lincoln has racked up 1058 PIM's in 55 games (19.2 PIM's per game).
This has traditionally been a bad matchup for the Lincoln Stars, especially in their barn. The Roughriders are disciplined, well coached, and play a euro game. They do not play the body that much compared to most USHL teams, but instead use speed and skill to outperform their opponents.
Two very tough games for the Stars this Tuesday and Wednesday against teams who have already wrapped up a playoff spot. It won't be easy, but it would be nice to get at least two points, preferably at home against those dastardly Lancers.