Game Preview: Into the Wild
The Rampage begin another road trip as they head north to take on the Iowa Wild on Tuesday night. They fell to last place in the Central Division after losing both games against the Texas Stars this weekend.
Over the weekend the Rampage allowed 13 goals in two games against the Texas Stars. On Saturday Nolan Stevens returned from injury and scored early in the first period, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games. Ryan Olsen scored twice on Sunday and had two assists on Saturday.
The upcoming road trip features two games against the third-place Iowa Wild and a game against the Chicago Wolves. The Wolves lead the Central Division with 79 points, but the Rampage have been successful against them with a 4-1-0 record this season.
Ville Husso allowed six goals on 28 shots on Saturday in the 6-4 loss against the Texas Stars. Husso has given up six goals in a game three times this season. Fellow goaltender Jared Coreau struggled over the weekend as well. He allowed five goals before being pulled and replaced by Husso later in the game.
In their last three games, the Rampage are 3-for-9 on the power play. They have the third-best power play in the Central Division at 19.9 percent.
The Rampage have lost four straight road games and are 6-21-4 away from the AT&T Center this season. The Rampage have earned a point in every game against the Wild this season resulting in a 4-0-2 record. The Wild are third in the Western Conference when playing at home with a 19-5-5 record.
The Wild squared off against the top two teams in the Central Division on Friday and Saturday. They battled back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in overtime, despite allowing 37 shots and being held scoreless on six power-play opportunities.
After losing 4-1 to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday the Wild are in third place in the Central Division with a 31-18-12 record. Over the weekend the Wild were 1-for-11 on the power play in two games.
During their season-long six game road trip, Gerald Mayhew recorded points in three straight games. He has at least one point in all six matchups against the Rampage this season. Mayhew contributed with a power play goal in a 5-4 victory for the Wild on March 3 over the Ontario Reign, in which the Wild tallied 45 shots and were 4-for-6 on the man advantage.
Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 14 goals in his last three starts. In four contests against the Rampage he has given up an average of four goals per game. He started the season with a 5-1-1 record and tallied two shutouts during that span. He currently has a 16-11-8 record with a 2.73 goals-against average. Despite having 43 points at home this season the Wild have yet to beat the Rampage in regulation at the Wells Fargo Arena. They lead the Central Division with 113 goals scored on home ice and are 7-1-2 in their last ten home games.
Rampage to Watch
Ryan Olsen tallied two points in each game against the Texas Stars this weekend, earning his first back-to-back multi-point games of the season. His most successful game of the season came against the Iowa Wild when he recorded three points on January 9. He assisted the game-winning goal that secured the 5-4 win for the Rampage.
Wild to Watch
Cal O’Reilly is riding his best point streak of the season with ten points in his last four games. He tallied a four-point game against the Ontario Reign on March 3, marking his highest point total in a game this season. He hasn’t recorded a point against the Rampage in four games.
- The Rampage allowed 13 goals in a span of two games over the weekend, a season-high for back to back games.
- Iowa is third in the league with a 22.9 success rate on the power play.
- The Wild have the fourth best penalty kill at home at 86 percent.
- Iowa has defeated every team in the Central Division in regulation except for the Rampage.
- Iowa forward Cal O’Reilly ranks third in the league with 40 assists.
- The Wild are 21-12-8 against Central Division opponents this season.