Gameday Preview: Texas Stars v. San Antonio Rampage

Texas Stars
37-30-4-4, 82 pts
#6 Central Division
v.San Antonio Rampage
30-38-6-1, 67 pts
#8 Central Division
April 13th at 7:00 PM
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, TX

Two points. To have any chance at the postseason, Texas needs two points. Sitting at 82 points on the season now, the Stars have a max possible point total of 84. With everyone around them also collecting points, 83 isn't good enough, and 82 is right out. Let's run down the scenario.

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)
Texas needs all of the following to happen in order to qualify for the postseason:

  • Stars collect two points tonight against San Antonio
  • Milwaukee loses both of their remaining games (Grand Rapids, @Rockford) in regulation
  • Manitoba earns no more than one point this weekend in two games (@Chicago twice)

If all of the above occurs, three teams will be tied at 84 points. The Stars, in this scenario, would earn the final playoff spot by virtue of tie breakers. Texas would have 37 regulation and overtime wins (ROW) while Milwaukee would be woefully behind at 30 and Manitoba would have 36. Rockford, even if they win both games this weekend (@Iowa, Milwaukee), would be stuck at 33 ROW and could rise no higher than 6th place.

Of course, as mentioned before Rockford could vault over everyone in this last weekend to make it in, so nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Milwaukee's game begins at 6 tonight, so we'll know that result before the end of the Texas game.

Stars injury/call up report:
Scarlett (season-ending ACL injury)
Laberge (upper body)
Morin (upper body)
Cecconi (undisclosed)
Dowling, Bow (call up)