Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
19-15-10-1, 49 pts
#10 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
26-14-4-0, 56 pts
#5 Western Conference
February 5th at 7:00 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

UPDATE: Brett Ritchie has been recalled to Dallas. With Jesse Root in Idaho, Texas will likely dress a defenseman at forward.

San Antonio again. With Tuesday's loss, the Stars dropped to 1-4-1-1 against the Rampage this season and have now started the back-half of their schedule against the San Antonio squad. With tonight's game, two of the next three come against them.

It's at least a little unclear what there is to say about this matchup at this point. Texas has had success jumping on San Antonio early but has gotten taken down in the late stage of many of those same games, as was the case on Tuesday. Texas had 1-0 and 2-1 leads and lost 3-2 in their first shootout.

Anders Lindback's play will be one huge thing to watch. Dallas is looking to get him back in a rhythm with some starts. He got 40 of 42 saves in regulation and OT on Tuesday and gave up two in the shootout. However, all four goals were scored the same way: five-hole. Lindback was none too pleased, cracking his stick on the dashers as he left the ice Tuesday. Will San Antonio go back to the well on that move tonight?

Stars injury/call up report:
Jokipakka, Rynnas, Ritchie (call up)
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)

1 comment:

  1. Honestly i don't know if even the Ice bats were as unable to get guys in place as the Stars are this year. Why don't we just cut all the forwards and man the team fully with undersized defensemen.

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