Friday, April 11, 2014

Gameday Preview: Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
45-17-3-6, 99 pts
#1 Western Conference
v.San Antonio Rampage
29-33-3-6, 67 pts
#14 Western Conference
April 11th at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

Let's just have a nice, normal sixty minutes all-in-a-row hockey game. Of course, if you're missing the reference, the last time these two teams played, it was the completion of a suspended game due to bad ice conditions.

It's the first of three meetings between the team to end the season series. All three will happen this weekend one after another. Tonight's matchup will close the book on the Rampage's season in Cedar Park. Texas is 21-4-0-3 against San Antonio at home in the past five years. Of the eight home losses Texas has on the season overall, San Antonio has handed them two of those.

Texas is looking to extend their franchise-record nine game winning streak to ten with a win tonight. Further, the Stars have a chance to lock up the Western Conference and the league crown this weekend. The Western Conference crown magic number is down to four. Grand Rapids does not play until Sunday. Texas can clinch the conference on its own with wins tonight and Saturday. The league crown is also close with a magic number of eight. Manchester plays last-place Portland tomorrow and then playoff-ready Providence. If Texas can get all six this weekend, they would need a loss by Manchester to seal the Kilpatrick Trophy.

Toby Petersen could return tonight for Texas. He was out of his no-contact jersey this week in practice. That would probably bump one of the ATOs out of the lineup.

Three players that are absolutely sticking together in tonight's game are Brett Ritchie, Justin Dowling and Mike Hedden. They are on seven, six and five games point streaks, respectively. Ritchie has 13 points in his last nine games, all Texas wins.

Stars injury/call up report:
Petersen (injury)

Website: sarampage.com
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @SARampage
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)

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