Friday, October 5, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
0-0-0-0, 0 pts
#-- Western Conference
v.San Antonio Rampage
0-0-0-0, 0 pts
#-- Western Conference
October 5th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

San Antonio is up next on the preseason docket. The Stars will be the only team the Rampage face in their two-game preseason. The clubs will play tomorrow as well in suburban San Antonio.

The NHL lockout is affecting rosters all over the league, but San Antonio is one of the few teams without any "big names" sent down. Texas has Eakin and Vincour, which may not be as big as Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle, but the Rampage do not expect to have any players on the roster this year that they probably wouldn't have seen anyways.

As to Texas's extended depth, Coach Desjardins had this to say after Wednesday's game, a quote that I'll let stand on its own.
"We have lots of depth. We have guys who can play here who didn't tonight. Guys are going to have to go hard. I don't have a history with a lot of these guys, so every spot is up for grabs."
Several players expected on the roster were out on Wednesday including last year's leading scorer, Matt Fraser, and first-round pick Scott Glennie. Also left off were vet D-man Tyler Sloan and sophomore blue liner Hubert Labrie. Expect those four to cycle in for this game so coach can evaluate what he has from them.

Colton Sceviour is expected to be out for a while. Hand injuries, especially broken hands, can range from 4-6 weeks of recovery time.

San Antonio expects to play Dov Grumet-Morris or DGM, in shorthand, and flip halfway through the game to Michael Houser. Coach Desjardins, on the other hand, indicated that he will give the entire game to Cristopher Nilstorp.

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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