Friday, November 25, 2016

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
8-6-1-1, 18 pts, 0.563
#4 Pacific Division
atSan Antonio Rampage
8-9-0-0, 16 pts, 0.471
#7 Pacific Division
November 25th at 7:30 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

After a long layoff, Texas and San Antonio will shake off the trytophan-induced slumber and play a home-and-home set this weekend in Central Texas. These two teams have not met many times so far this season, which means you should brace yourself for many more of these matchups in the second half.

In the only game of the season so far between these teams, the Rampage earned their first win of the year after going 0-4 to start. Since then, they are 7-5 but obviously are dogged by that slow start. Their record since that game would put then in the playoffs if it were the only record they had.

For the Stars, Stephen Johns has been assigned to the AHL, adding some defensive grittiness to a group that is more offensively inclined. It doesn't look like Johns will be around for too long, but every game he plays can help re-instill a defensive mindset into the entire team.

With Johns down in the AHL, Julius Honka is still in the NHL. He had two assists in the season series so far between SA and Texas.

Stars injury/call up report:
Honka (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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