Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
16-14-9-0, 41 pts
#10 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
22-13-3-0, 47 pts
#6 Western Conference
January 20th at 7:00 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

The only game on the AHL schedule today pits your Texas Stars against their I-35 rival, the San Antonio Rampage. Since last playing, the Rampage are 5-3 and have held on to a playoff position but slipped a bit in the rankings to six. Texas is 3-4-1 in the same time scale and has dropped to 10th in the standings. This year overall, San Antonio is 3-1 against Texas through half of the season. That means the Stars will be getting a steady diet of the Rampage over the final 38 games, needing eight games more to reach their 12 game total against SA.

The Rampage are a good team this season and depending on how the Panthers do the rest of the way and in the playoffs, they could get better with reinforcements from Florida. If they end up in the bottom half of the bracket, they could be a trendy upset pick based on who they get back from the NHL.

One thing that is surprising going into this game is the Texas Stars' special teams. Texas is the #1 ranked PK in the league right now by a thin margin at 87.6%. Hershey is just behind at 87.5%. After 16 games in the season, the Stars were at 80.8%. Since that point, the Stars are an eye-popping 93.8% on the PK since Thanksgiving.

In assignment news, Curtis McKenzie will be available for tonight's game after being assigned to Texas. He did not play for Dallas during his callup.

Stars injury/call up report:
Ritchie, Jokipakka (call up)
Troock (injury, day-to-day)
Henderson (injury, upper body)
Faksa (injury, out for season)

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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