Friday, April 13, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
31-38-2-2, 66 pts
#15 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
39-29-3-2, 83 pts
#5 Western Conference
April 13th at 7:30 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

The final weekend of the regular season begins tonight with all 30 AHL clubs in action tonight. For Texas, these are the last three games of the 2011-12 campaign. All three of this weekend's opponent are hoping to play quite a few more than that this April, May and, if they're lucky, June.

It all starts tonight with the San Antonio Rampage. The Rampage lagged early in the season but caught fire through the mid-season thanks to heroic play by Dov Grumet-Morris. Now they have the chance to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008 and only their third berth overall in their history (2003 being the other). They will need some help, but all clinching scenarios start with a win at the AT&T Center.

Speaking of that help, here are those scenarios:
  • a ROW vs. Texas AND a Rochester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Syracuse AND a Lake Erie loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Hamilton AND a Peoria loss (reg/OT/SO) or regulation win vs. Charlotte, OR

  • a SOW vs. Texas AND a Rochester loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Syracuse AND a Lake Erie loss (reg/OT/SO) vs. Hamilton AND Peoria vs. Charlotte finishes in regulation

For the Stars, this weekend will likely be the first time that a goalie not named Campbell starts since March 19th. Jack Campbell has commented positively on his feeling of conditioning so far in the pros. Still, you almost never see a three-in-three started by the same tender each night. My guess is Campbell goes tonight and at home tomorrow and Beskorowany starts Sunday.

Stars injury/call up report:
Schultz, Tousignant (injury)

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @SARampage_Voice (play-by-play for SA)

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