Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
7-2-0-1, 15 pts
#4 Pacific Division
v.San Antonio Rampage
5-0-3-0, 13 pts
#1 Pacific Division
November 7th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Jack Campbell has been assigned to the Texas Stars. For San Antonio, G Calvin Pickard will start. Andrew Agozzino and Marc-Andre Cliche are out for the Rampage.

After not playing the San Antonio Rampage for nearly a month, four of the Stars next five games are against their only remaining in-state rival.

The first game of the season for both of these clubs was the electric 5-4 overtime victory spearheaded by now reigning AHL Player of the Month Devin Shore. Both teams walked away with at least one point that night, and between the two of them, they have failed to collect at least one point in just two of their combined 17 games to date (12-2-2-1). To this point, in fact, the Rampage have yet to collect a regulation loss.

It seems as though the next few games could really feature a battle of the titans in the Pacific, if not the Western Conference as a whole. Texas and San Antonio are really showing their mettle as power teams in the newly formed division.

The aforementioned Player of the Month Devin Shore is countered on the opposite side of the ice by AHL Goalie of the Month Calvin Pickard. Shore is currently with Dallas and the Rampage started Pickard last night against Chicago, so neither might end up a factor in tonight's game. (Note that Pickard will start back-to-back games.)

Stars injury/call up report:
Campbell, McKenzie, Faksa, Shore (call up)

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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