25-12-4-2, 56 pts
#1 Western Conference
|San Antonio Rampage
18-21-0-4, 40 pts
#14 Western Conference
January 26th at 7:00 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
UPDATE: Dallas recalled Colton Sceviour this morning. The Stars have added forward Bretton Cameron on a PTO out of the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors.
Texas returns back to the Cedar Park Center for the first time in a while looking for some revenge after last night's loss in San Antonio. The Rampage got a phenomenal performance out of their goaltender, Jacob Markstrom, and scored just enough to edge out the Stars in overtime.
The win last night was San Antonio's first over the Stars this season. The Stars will likely trot out only eleven forwards tomorrow night as well. Luckily for Texas, the Rampage are equally hobbled due to callups and injuries.
Texas is going to need better than a one goal effort to guarantee a win against the Rampage. After scoring twenty in their previous three, the Stars only got one in last night's. It was a reversal of fortune for sure, but not one that was unexpected. The Rampage usually have the opposite problem that they did last night. That is, they are great on defense but have trouble scoring goals. Texas has had trouble keeping the puck out the net recently, but it hasn't mattered because they've scored so much.
Point is that the Stars just flat out need to score goals and preferably the first one. The Rampage seem to be a team that can self-defeat and deflate if faced with early adversity. Texas needs to hound on that by scoring early (and often, if possible).
Stars injury/call up report:
Nilstorp, Vincour, Sceviour (call up)
Wathier, Morin (injured)
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