Gameday Preview: Stars at San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
41-20-5-6, 93 pts
#1 Western Conference
atSan Antonio Rampage
29-35-2-6, 66 pts
#14 Western Conference
April 14th at 3:30 PM
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

It hasn't been a good week for the Stars' next opponent, the San Antonio Rampage. Last week's loss to Texas officially eliminated the Rampage from playoff contention. San Antonio went on to lose two straight to Houston at the Toyota Center.

There are going to be a lot of name plates that aren't familiar to Stars' fans thanks to the end of season amateur tryout additions. Also contributing to that lack of familiarity is the number of callups to Florida, including former Star Greg Rallo, who potted his first NHL goal recently for the Panthers.

If Texas is looking for a place to improve, they can use these next two games against San Antonio to tune up their third period play. The Rampage are going to come hard at the Stars, given all the youth on the roster. Youth tends to bring a good 60 minute effort, which is what Texas will need in the playoffs.

The third period has been a pain point for Texas in four of the last five games. The Stars have allowed the game-tying or game-winning goal in the last four minutes of the game in those games. After being a strong third period team through the whole season, the club is going through a bit of growing pains as the roster changes a bit. However, Coach Desjardins has stated he'd rather go through those pains now than after April 20th, when the playoffs begin.

Stars injury/call up report:
Fraser, Chiasson, Benn, Nilstorp (call up)
Nemeth (injured)

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