Saturday, November 10, 2018

Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
4-5-1-1, 10 pts
#7 Central Division
v.San Antonio Rampage
3-10-0-0, 6 pts
#8 Central Division
November 10th at 7:00 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

UPDATE: Big moves for Texas today. Taylor Fedun was acquired via trade and assigned to Texas while Ben Gleason was recalled to Dallas. Brady Norrish was signed to an AHL PTO and recalled from Idaho.

Somehow we made it more than ten games into the season without a game against the in-state rival San Antonio Rampage. Texas will remedy that tonight as they begin a two-game weekend set against the Alamo City club.

It has been a very unkind start to the season for the Rampage. They opened the season with a 4-0 win against the Griffins on home ice but didn't win again for three weeks, a stretch of eight games. With Ville Husso and Jordan Binnington in net, the issue hasn't been stopping goals. The Rampage rank 9th in the league in goals against at 2.85. Husso has regressed quite a bit in his second season, however, with a 1-7 record and a .890 SV%.

(Credit: Texas Stars)
However, San Antonio just can't score. They're 31st in the league and by a wide margin. Hershey is 30th at 2.29 goals per game and San Antonio is all the way down at a flat 2.0. Former Texas Star Brian Flynn leads the scoring with 1-7=8.

Texas won't complain about facing a club that isn't lighting the lamp. They are missing defensemen all over and just swapped Colton Point down to Idaho for Philippe Desrosiers with hopes of sparking stronger play from the net out. Unless Gavin Bayreuther is ready for tonight's game, Texas will need another defenseman just to get to six healthy D on the roster.

Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury), Bayreuther (undisclosed)
Gurianov, Heatherington, Hanley (call up)

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