Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
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atSan Antonio Rampage
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#-- Western Conference
October 13th at 7:00 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

Quite a few familiar faces will be across the ice as Texas opens its fourth AHL season against a frequent foe, the San Antonio Rampage.

The Rampage were one of the few clubs in the AHL not to get significant help from their NHL club as a result of the lockout. As a result, much of the top-end talent in the Alamo City is similar to last year's group. Jacob Markstrom and last year's hero Dov Grumet-Morris man the net for the Rampage. Michael Houser appears on the opening roster but will likely not get many minutes.

Quinton Howden headlines the incoming prospects for the Rampage. The 2010 first round pick (selected 14 after Jack Campbell at #25) joined the club for 4 games in the 2012 Calder Cup race. The forward played his junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Warriors, where he collected 239 points in 239 regular season games.

The big question for Texas will be the lineup. With twenty-five skaters on the roster, someone has to sit to get down to eighteen. As outlined yesterday, I think the forwards will be a rotating group of about six for at least the first few weeks of the season. Defense could be more volatile.

Stars injury/call up report:
Sceviour (broken hand)

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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