19-15-10-0, 48 pts
#10 Western Conference
|v.||San Antonio Rampage|
25-14-4-0, 54 pts
#5 Western Conference
February 3rd at 7:30 PM
Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
UPDATE: Jussi Rynnas recalled to Dallas and Anders Lindback assigned to Texas. Jesse Root sent to Idaho.
Welcome to February: a new month that will start with a schedule full of familiar opponents. Over the next week, tonight's two opponents will face off three times. The Stars only other game in that time frame is against OKC on Sunday.
Tonight game will end the five-game homestand for Texas and could give them a shot at a very successful run through those games. I don't think anyone would argue that finishing with seven of a possible ten points would be a pretty good number. If the Stars competed at that clip for the rest of the season, they're a lock for the playoffs of course. But Texas has a shot at making a good homestand into a great one with two points tonight.
History this season is not on the Stars' side. This season so far, Texas is 1-4-1 against San Antonio. Their only win of the season was December 28th and last week's game was just the second time this year Texas has gotten points in the matchup.
Helping matters for Texas will be Brett Ritchie and Jamie Oleksiak, both assigned on Sunday. Ritchie had a great run with Dallas over the past few weeks, collecting his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot. He had three goals and an assist in eight games played before going down with an injury. With Patrick Eaves now healthy for Dallas, Ritchie heads back to the AHL.
It looks like Matt Mangene and William Wrenn will be defensive scratches. There are enough forwards that one will be a scratch as well.
Stars injury/call up report:
Jokipakka, Rynnas (call up)
Henderson (injury, upper body)
Faksa (injury, out for season)
Blog (unofficial): Rampage with Tony U.
Blog (unofficial): Runnin' With The Herd
Twitter: @DanWeissPBP (play-by-play for SA)