Friday, January 25, 2013

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
25-12-3-2, 55 pts
#1 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
17-21-0-4, 38 pts
#14 Western Conference
January 25th at 7:30 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

The Stars return to the state of Texas tonight, but they aren't quite home yet. Texas will play their final game of the road trip in San Antonio. On the trip, they've gone 4-1 and are hoping to go 5-1 with a win over the Rampage. Texas and the Rampage have matched up five times so far on the season and the Stars have won every game.

San Antonio's recent home success will be standing in their way, however. The Rampage have won seven of their last nine at home after losing seven straight. San Antonio play-by-play man Dan Weiss adds that injuries and roster depletion are weighing heavily on the club. He puts Scott Timmins at still questionable. Leading scorer against the Stars, Drew Shore, has been recalled to the Panthers and Michael Caruso was called up and then promptly broke his arm.

Nathan Mallett adds that the Rampage are only dressing one 'natural' centerman at the current juncture, Jared Gomes. Gomes has zero points against the Stars in four games but fourteen points on the season overall. Rallo and Wellman are listed at center, but neither has played center this season. Making matters worse, the Rampage lost James Wright to a waiver claim by the Jets.

The Stars will likely trot out Richard Bachman for one of these two games. Fans surely hope it's the Saturday game at Cedar Park Center. Bachman has a 5-3-1 all-time record over the Rampage.

Stars injury/call up report:
Nilstorp, Vincour (call up)
Wathier. Morin, Glennie (injury)

It's time to remove Eakin, R. Smith, Benn and Dillon from the call-up list. Based on their performances so far this season, I think it's unlikely they will be returning.

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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