Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
7-7-0-1, 15 pts, 0.500
#4 Pacific Division
v.San Antonio Rampage
9-4-1-0, 19 pts, 0.679
#2 Pacific Division
November 15th at 7:30 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Jason Dickinson has been reassigned to Texas. With Dallas on a road trip, there is no guarantee he will arrive in time for the game tonight.

Despite yesterday's loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the San Antonio Rampage are still flying high. Spencer Martin (6-2-1, .920, 2.39) is the reigning AHL player of the week and new addition Vladislav Kamenev (3-9=12 in 14 GP with MIL and SA) is already on a point-per-game pace with the Rampage.

It's tough to read any trendlines in this recent stretch for the Rampage. Both losses against the Griffins were high-scoring for the opponents. However, San Antonio beat Rockford 6-0, so scoring isn't a problem for them.

One trendline that is tough for this series is the current record. Texas hasn't won a game yet in three tries. It's an anomaly in the overall series, which the Stars lead by nearly a 2-to-1 margin (58-27-5-11). If anything, Texas should be happy to be at home against the Rampage, where they hold a 33-11-2-6 all-time advantage.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Something to watch for on the Texas side of things will be who is in net. Landon Bow had an excellent showing last week in two games, earning wins against San Diego and Grand Rapids. Now at 2-2 and with a save percentage above .900, he has the best stats in the clubhouse right now. Coach Laxdal noted that Bow's play had created a competition in the net, and we may begin to see that play out starting tonight.

Also, watch to see if Denis Gurianov is back in the lineup. The team was tight-lipped on his absence, noting that it was neither an injury nor related to his play on the ice.

Stars injury/call up report:
Dickinson, Elie (call up)
Fyten (injury)

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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