Monday, March 13, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
27-29-1-2, 57 pts, 0.483
#7 Pacific Division
v.San Antonio Rampage
22-32-4-1, 49 pts, 0.415
#8 Pacific Division
March 13th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

The Battle of Texas has very little on the line at this point in the season. Both Texas and San Antonio will be missing the playoffs this season. The Stars have a glimmer of a chance, but it seems near impossible that they will pull it out. They need 25 points in their remaining 17 games, assuming Bakersfield doesn't go on another tear. That's 12-4-1 and significantly better than any stretch of 17 games they've had so far this season.

The Rampage are having similar woes. The Avalanche have been eliminated from playoff contention and San Antonio is not far behind. A winless Rodeo Road Trip and a record of 1-9 in the last ten has placed them 10 games below .500 and worst in the conference. They are second worst in the league, just ahead of Hartford. Texas finished in a similar position in 2012, with their savior being the Binghamton Senators in 30th.

Gemel Smith seems unlikely to play after the hit on Saturday night. Texas has a few forwards to slot in for him, so it shouldn't be a large issue. Caleb Herbert or Mike McMurtry can handle the assignment, if needed.

While it's not Texas's only Monday game of the year, today's game is the only one at home. Mondays, as you'd guess, usually mean lighter attendance. However, it is Spring Break, so we'll see if some families decide to make the sojourn to Cedar Park.

Stars injury/call up report:
Elie (call up)
Smith (questionable)

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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