Saturday, October 6, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
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atSan Antonio Rampage
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October 6th at 4:00 PM
Northwoods Ice Center, San Antonio, TX

Another preseason meeting of the I-35 rivalry today for the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage, this time in the Alamo City. Last night's game was a better compare than Wednesday's game, but it still seemed like Texas was playing a higher percentage of players expected to make the roster than San Antonio. Today may be a little different in that regard.

So far on the preseason, the power play is the story. Going 6 for 15 in two games is approaching the efficiency Texas had at the start of last year under Coach Pyle, known for his PP. The difference so far this preseason is that the defense and goaltending has matched that play. Only three goals have been scored against Texas this preseason, as opposed to eleven goals for.

Coach Desjardins expects to play both Jack Campbell and Cristopher Nilstorp in net today. That almost certainly seals the fate of Tyler Beskorowany. He will likely be sent down to the ECHL as early as Sunday. Josh Robinson will also go with him, possibly before.

Toby Petersen is likely questionable for this game as he left last night's game in the third period after being hit. Coach Desjardins said he was likely "shook up" but couldn't offer more specifics. Petersen has already played in the first two preseason games, so there is likely no reason to put him in if there are any concerns at all about his condition. I imagine he would stay at home.

After a full night of DGM in Cedar Park, San Antonio should be starting Jacob Markstrom today and swapping in Brian Foster at some point during the game.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour (broken hand)
Petersen (questionable, see above)

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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