Gameday Preview: Texas Begins Road to Playoffs with Trip to San Antonio

UPDATE: Dallas has recalled Joel Kiviranta and Texas has assigned Diego Cuglietta to Idaho.

Back in October and November we were making concessions for the Texas Stars' season and looking for ways to view a failed campaign through a positive lens. On the other side of the AHL All Star break, the Stars sit in fourth place in the Central division, good enough for a playoff spot according to my calculations.

The Stars now have the task of holding onto that spot and potentially overtaking Chicago as the third seed. They are well positioned at the moment to keep their collective hands on the steering wheel with two games in hand over the threatenings of Grand Rapids.

First things first--a quick trip to San Antonio where the Rampage find themselves looking up to the Stars in the standings once again.

(credit: Texas Stars)

The two teams have been on polar opposite trajectories for basically the entire season. The Rampage came out of the gate strong and appeared to have the inside track on their first playoff berth since 2014-15. They have nosedived in 2020 taking a dismal 3-5-1-1 record into their tilt with the Stars. Texas, on the other hand, rides a sparkling 8-2-0-0 into the River City and is playing its best hockey.

Texas can hardly afford to take their in-state rivals lightly, however, as they've been outscored by the Rampage 23-11 over five contests this season. The Stars have only come away with one win in three tries at the AT&T Center. They do have the luxury of a pretty healthy roster, aside from the injured Adam Mascherin. With two fresh goalies, and barring any callups to the ailing Dallas Stars, Texas has reason for optimism heading into this final stretch.

The puck drops at 7 PM CST.

Injuries and callups
Kiviranta (callup)
Mascherin (upper body)