Saturday, January 26, 2013

Gameday Preview: Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
25-12-4-2, 56 pts
#1 Western Conference
v.San Antonio Rampage
18-21-0-4, 40 pts
#14 Western Conference
January 26th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Dallas recalled Colton Sceviour this morning. The Stars have added forward Bretton Cameron on a PTO out of the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors.

Texas returns back to the Cedar Park Center for the first time in a while looking for some revenge after last night's loss in San Antonio. The Rampage got a phenomenal performance out of their goaltender, Jacob Markstrom, and scored just enough to edge out the Stars in overtime.

The win last night was San Antonio's first over the Stars this season. The Stars will likely trot out only eleven forwards tomorrow night as well. Luckily for Texas, the Rampage are equally hobbled due to callups and injuries.

Texas is going to need better than a one goal effort to guarantee a win against the Rampage. After scoring twenty in their previous three, the Stars only got one in last night's. It was a reversal of fortune for sure, but not one that was unexpected. The Rampage usually have the opposite problem that they did last night. That is, they are great on defense but have trouble scoring goals. Texas has had trouble keeping the puck out the net recently, but it hasn't mattered because they've scored so much.

Point is that the Stars just flat out need to score goals and preferably the first one. The Rampage seem to be a team that can self-defeat and deflate if faced with early adversity. Texas needs to hound on that by scoring early (and often, if possible).

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

2 comments:

  1. Have to wonder if the continual movement between Dallas/Cedar Par/And random player pickups is going to start to show effect. I like the Cameron pickup, he is a guy who looks like will drop the gloves which is something the team lacks right now. I don't see any real reason to add more 5 foot something ECHL goalscorers to the team.

    I see you mentioned Mouillierat and have wondered since last season why they didn't look to bring him in. I also am curious why they didn't bring in Ludwig back in over the last couple of years, he was good enough to make our Calder Cup run roster why nothing since?

    BTW I'll bet Benn will be back in Cedar Park.

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  2. Bssed on the score tonight..I would propose that the effect on the Texas Stars was positive! Just sayin'!

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